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DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL,
MINISTERS AND PREACHERS OF THE
JAMES S. HODSON,
AT THE NEW-CHURCH BOOK DEPOSITORY,
112, FLEET STREET:
E. BAYLIS, ST. ANN'S STREET, MANCHESTER.
ALTHOUGH Compliance with the usual custom of writing a Preface to a work for the purpose of apprizing the reader of its object, and the nature of its contents, may perhaps be well dispensed with on the present occasion, as the title of the Volume itself is sufficiently explanatory; yet the Publisher deems it necessary to take advantage of the opportunity afforded to offer some explanation of the origin of the work, and the reasons which induced him to enter upon the undertaking. This may be done in a few words.
At the General Conference held in London in 1837, it was proposed that a volume of Sermons by the several Ministers and Leaders in the New Church should emanate from that body, which it was thought would be highly acceptable to the Members, and prove extremely useful to those Societies that were without stated Preachers, or that could only occasionally have the benefit of a Preacher, as well as to many private families, and individuals. The Conference, though fully impressed with the utility of such a Publication, did not deem such a project to come strictly within the object of its establishment, and consequently declined to interfere. Many of the Members present, however, signified their approval of the proposition, and no difficulty was anticipated in obtaining an ample supply of Sermons for the purpose. After the adjournment of the Conference, the subject was urged upon the attention of the Publisher; and knowing; from the numerous applications for a volume of decidedly New Church Sermons, that