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ton's papers. In compliance with this desire, the present volume is given to the public.

In perusing these sketches, multitudes will be reminded of the solemn period in their history, when these very discourses were to them the power of God unto salvation. They will perceive, of course, that many of them are only outlines of the sermons as they were preached; will find in them many things which they will doubtless recollect. Some of these outlines of sermons were found among the manuscripts of Dr. Nettleton. Quite a number of them, however, were taken from his lips, and written at the time, during his last sickness..

It is proper that the reader should be apprized, that what is here exhibited will give but an imperfect view of the character of Dr. Nettleton's preaching; for many of his most impressive sermons, and parts of sermons, were never committed to writing. And besides, there was much in his manner of delivery, that gave interest and efficacy to his preaching, of which nothing can be learned by reading his discourses.

But this volume, if the compiler does not mistake, will be found to be rich in thought, and will be read both by ministers and private christians, with interest and profit.

That the same divine influence which accompanied the preaching of these discourses, may accompany the perusal of them, and bless them to the sanctification of christians, and the conviction and conversion of sinners, is the prayer of the compiler.

EAST WINDSOR, June 1st, 1845.

The parable of the prodigal son.

Luke xv: 11-25-And he said, a certain man had two sons : And

the younger of them said to his father, father, give me the portion of

goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And

not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and took

his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with

riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty fam.

ine in that land ; and began to be in want. And he went and

joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his

fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the

husks which the swine did eat; and no man gave unto him. And

when he came to himself, he said, how many hired servants of my

father's have bread enough, and to spare, and I perish with hunger.

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, father, I have

sinned against Heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be

called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

And he arose

and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his

father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and

kissed him. And the son said unto him, father, I have sinned against

heaven and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

But the father said to his servants, bring forth the best robe, and put it

on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring

hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For

this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.

And they began to be merry.



Deuteronomy xxxii : 29—Oh, that they were wise, that they under-

stood this, that they would consider their latter end.


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