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REMINISCENCES OF THE PULPIT

AND

ANECDOTES OF CELEBRATED PREACHERS

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REMINISCENCES AND ANECDOTES

OF

CELEBRATED PREACHERS

OR

CURIOSITIES OF PULPIT LITERATURE

BY

THOMAS JACKSON, M.A.

PREBENDARY OF ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL; RECTOR OF STOKE NEWINGTON, LONDON

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LONDON
VIRTUE, SPALDING, & CO.

26, IVY LANE, PATERNOSTER ROW

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HE present time is marked by much in

quiry into the nature and design of preaching. There is plenty of specula

tion as to what a sermon ought to be; while a deep-rooted suspicion rests on many minds that the pulpit is gradually losing its power; or that the spirit and temper of the age are unfavourable to the development of great preachers; or that, as a matter of fact, they are not equal to those of the last century; or that in style and method they are, with a few brilliant exceptions, radically defective, preaching platitudes, mere stereotyped formulas, without intellectual or spiritual life.

The present volume has been compiled with the view of assisting such inquiries, directing the thoughts of preachers to the modes by which their

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