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PUBLISHED BY R. B. SEELEY AND W. BURNSIDE:
AND SOLD BY L. AND G. SEELEY,
TO THE CONGREGATION OF
ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHAPEL,
MY DEAR FRIENDS,
The only desires by which I have been animated in committing this Volume to the press have been; to afford an evident token that, for the love I had unto you, I could withhold nothing from you; and to perpetuate a memory of those important truths, which, in days past, I was permitted to declare amongst you. You will recognize in these discourses, not merely the doctrines, but the very words which I delivered. Duties, of a different and an absorbing character, have prevented me from attempting the correction of
any other errors than those of the press. I am not, however, without a hope that even this circumstance, whilst it must needs detract from the value of the book in the estimation of the public, may tend to enhance it in your more partial regard. You have a kind of
propriety in its very imperfections, in so far as they are harmless
harmless ; and will, perhaps, be inclined to prefer that it should preserve its identity, than be transformed by revision.
I will not now speak of the shrinking reluctance with which I entertained your request that I should publish, because I would not
to yield grudgingly, that which the touching and universal kindness I experienced at your hands, should have rendered me forward to concede. I foresee, indeed, that by this compliance I shall not have consulted my own reputation. Still I have not repented ; for you, at least, will do me the justice to believe that I sought, not my own pleasure but yours,—not my own interest, but your spiritual good.
And now, for a recompense in the same, my
earnest and anxious request is, that you will seek, as your Saviour and portion, Him whose power and love I have endeavoured to set forth ; and that, “ not as in my presence only, but “ now much more in my absence, you will work “out your salvation with fear and trembling ;" remembering that “it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
With every fervent wish and prayer for an abundant blessing upon each and all of you,
My dear friends,
Servant in Christ,
C. F. CHILDE.
Nov. 30. 1839.