Excerpt from Sermons on Miscellaneous Subjects: By the Bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Senior Preachers of the Ohio and North Ohio Conferences
A few days, and a circular was issued to those brethren of the Ohio and North Ohio conferences who had been, for many years, in the traveling connection, requesting them to furnish each a sermon for the preposed Volume. In the course of a few months, favorable responses were received from a suﬂicient number of brethren to insure an adequate supply of discourses. The project was, in due time, submitted to the conferences concerned, and it received their hearty approval. As every good undertaking in this wonderful planet of ours meets with Opposition, so did this. Some said, You will give offense to the younger members of the conferences whom you must pass by. Moreover, you may injure feelings, and excite opposition by the necessary rejection of some discourses which may be written for the volume. Others said, The book will not sell; the sermons of our illustrious men are rarely called for. If the logic of Wesley, the eloquence of Watson, and the learning of Clarke, cannot attract the attention of our people, can we, preachers of the wilderness, hope to compose a volume that will command a rapid sale? A third class thought that such a work as was pro posed, would, if generally circulated, do more harm than good. Our itinerant preachers, said they, at quarterly meetings, would, after returning to their lodgings, gather around the fireside, call for the Sermons, and, reading one written by a presiding elder, or sta tioned preacher of their acquaintance, subject it to the ordeal of a severe criticism, and retire to rest with no enviable feelings. The spirit of censorious criticism would pass from traveling to local preachers, from local preachers to exhorters, and from exhorters to the people, much to the prejudice of Zion. But there was an objection more formidable than this: some said, Our theology is too crude. We are not prepared to write for the instruction of those who have a literature as rich as ours.
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