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CONNECTED WITH THAT SUBJECT.
WILLIAM HAMILTON, D. D.
MINISTER OF STRATHBLANB,
33 PATERNOSTER ROW.
REV. ANDREW THOMSON, D. D.
MINISTER OF ST. GEORGE'S CHURCH, EDINBURGH:
THE FOLLOWING VOLUME,
AS A TOKEN OF ESTEEM
HIS PRIVATE VIRTUES,
THE SIGNAL SERVICES, WHICH HE HAS RENDERED TO THE
CAUSE OF HUMANITY, LEARNING, AND RELIGION;
BY HIS SINCERE FRIEND AND SERVANT,
With the Scriptures in our hands, which are so plain that he who runs may read them; and after the many years that have passed over the Church; it might have been expected that all controversy amongst the real friends of religion would now have been closed; that they would have been agreed upon the essential doctrines of Christianity; and would have been distinguished for the unity of their faith, and of their knowledge of the Son of God.
But never have reasonable expectations been more completely frustrated. Every year is teeming with crude theories, and wild and visionary notions upon the most sacred and deeply interesting doctrines of revelation : and in proportion as these speculations are opposed to the letter and spirit of the oracles of God, they are advanced with the greater boldness, and urged with the more vehemence and pertinacity.
When the world lies in wickedness; when such multitudes are rapidly rushing on to eternity, regardless