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DISCOURSES ON QUESTIONS OF
REV. JAMES CRANBROOK,
PREFACE TO THE RE-ISSUE.
CIRCUMSTANCES having required a re-issue of this book, an opportunity is afforded me of saying a few words concerning my relation to its contents.
The sixteen months which have elapsed since its publication have been to me very eventful ones. During their course I have resigned my connection with the congregation of which I was minister. I have isolated myself from all the Christian Churches around me, and I have formed a congregation in which I am purely and absolutely free to say and do as I like. Those who compose it are drawn together to worship with me through our common sympathies in aspiration, or through their desire to hear what I think and have to say upon the various subjects about which I discourse. We are called by no name; we have no organization ; I am under no responsibility of any sort to one of them; and they are under no responsibility to me.
This novel state of perfect freedom could not but have a great influence upon any man's thoughts and feelings; it has had an immense influence upon mine. Principles have been wrought out to their full conclusions, opinions