Excerpt from The Church, in a Series of Discourses
The publication of this volume of Sermons is the result of several considerations. The one which I have felt to be most important, and which is entirely proper to be stated here, arises from the fact that the author himself intended to give some or all of them to the press, in connection with others on kindred topics, which he was expecting his clerical brethren in Maine would contribute to the object he had in view. This purpose appears in a letter which he addressed, about a month before his decease, to his highly valued friend, Rev. Cazneau Palfrey, of Belfast. In it he writes as follows: -
"It has seemed to me that we ought to publish to the world some of our Church principles, views, and plans. There is a spirit of inquiry awake, yet there is hardly a printed word that can be got hold of. Our own people, no less than others, need to see the thing in print. It is matter to be pondered.
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