This little volume contains the substance of three discourses preached during the last winter, in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Cherry Street, Philadelphia. The form of a continuous discussion has been adopted, in preference to the original form in which the subject was presented from the pulpit, as affording a better opportunity for offering arguments and illustrations in an unbroken chain. Some parts have been curtailed, and some additional matter has been introduced: but no material alteration, it is believed, will be found. The writer’s desire has been to condense as much as possible.
For some arguments and illustrations in the IV. Chapter, the writer is indebted to the argument on the subject of the moral character of the Government of the United States, written by Jas. R. Willson, D.D., and now in overture before the Reformed Presbyterian Church.