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BY

BISHOP MATTHEW SIMPSON

OF THE

METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH

EDITED FROM SHORT-HAND REPORTS

BY

GEORGE R. CROOKS, D.D.

NEW YORK

HARPER & BROTHERS, FRANKLIN SQUARE

1894, Nov. 80.
Divinity Sercos.

Copyright, 1885, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved.

EDITOR'S PREFACE.

THE sermons in this volume are not closet sermons; as far as I know they were never, two of them excepted, committed to writing by their author. Nearly all were secured for reading by my own reporter at the time I was engaged in editing the Methodist. They have, therefore, the marks of extemporaneous discourse. They are fresh, vigorous, and have, as one may say, the breeziness of the open air. They make no pretensions to polish of diction; the form of speech, however, is simple and natural, but always intense. It has been my aim to preserve, in the reproduction, the intensity which was so marked a feature of their delivery. Many of the repetitions which are appropriate to extemporaneous preaching have been removed; some still remain, but, it is believed, not to such an extent as to inar the reader's enjoyment. The work of revision has been done with a free hand, but, I trust, with good judgment. Most of the shorthand reports were originally put into print with the utmost possible speed. In their first form they hardly did the eloquent bishop justice. Though often asked to do so, he himself shrank from the task of revising the reports for publication in a volume; indeed, his many engagements as an executive officer of the Church gave him little leisure for writing or editing.

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