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of the sermons are original, having been printed from the authors' manuscripts. Obligations are due to the proprietors of Dr. Mason's Works, for permission to transfer into this compilation the valuable sermon, entitled “Messiah's Throne.” The reader of these Discourses will perhaps discover, that the authors differ in their exhibitions of statistical facts. These apparent discrepancies will be sufficiently explained, by a reference to so much of the history of the respective productions, as may be found in the table of contents. They were delivered, not only by different men, but also at different periods, and before the public bodies of various Christian denominations; and therefore must be, in some respects, modified by the diversity of circumstances in which they had their origin. One fact, it is confidently believed, will fix the admiration of every candid reader; and that is, the extraordinary harmony of both spirit and sentiment which appears throughout the volume. Each performer executes his own chosen part in the chorus, thus avoiding the monotony of unison, and yet the nicest ear will seldom detect a discordant note. The spirit of Missions is the spirit of Concord. The key-note was struck on the plains of Bethlehem ; and all who have sympathy with the angelic announcement, are sure to think, feel, utter,

and act in concert, both with the heavenly host, and with one another.

Bowdoin Street, May, 1846.

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PRESIDENT of BRowN. UNIVERSITY, Providence, R. I. Delivered before the Boston Baptist Foreign Mission Society, October 26, 1823. - 1

II.

ARGUMENTS FOR MISSIONS.

BY REV. EDWARD D. GRIFFIN, D. D.,
LATE PRESIDENT of WILLIAMs College, WILLIAMsTown, MAss.

Delivered before the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, at Middletown, Conn., September 14, 1826. - - - - - - - 22

III.

THE THEORY OF MISSIONS TO THE HEATHEN.

BY REV. RUFUS ANDERSON, D. D., ONE OF THE SECRETARIES of THE AMERICAN BoARD of CoMMIssionERs For Forrign MISSIONS. Delivered in Ware, Mass., at the ordination of Mr. Edward Webb, as a Missionary to the heathen, October 23, 1845. - - - - - - - - - 87 IV.

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