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A DISCOURSE, WITH NOTES,

BY

WM. IVES BUDINGTON, D.D.,

AND LETTERS FROM

REV. DRS. G. B. BACON, L. BACON, N. J. BURTON, H. BUSH-
NELL, T. J. CONANT, O. E. DAGGETT, E. P. GOODWIN,
R. S. STORRS, JR., AND T. D. WOOLSEY.

Affirmabant autem, hanc fuisse summam vel culpæ suæ vel erroris,
quod essent soliti stato die ante lucem convenire, carmenque Christo,
quasi Deo, dicere secum invicem.-Ep. Plinii, X, 97.

A. S. BARNES & COMPANY,
NEW YORK AND CHICAGO.

1873.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, A.D., 1873, by A. S. BARNES & CO.,

In the Office of Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

PREFACE.

THIS little book is given to the public in the hope that it may contribute to the improvement of public worship in some of its methods. The sermon was prepared in answer to a request made in the middle of the week, and preached extemporaneously in part, the following Sabbath, as a contribution towards the discussion of the question then before the church. The writer has endeavored to make it more worthy of publication, by careful revision, as well as by the addition of notes, and especially by the letters appended, which were drawn forth from the several writers by the report of the sermon, as originally published in the New York Daily Witness. The concurrence of so many cultivated minds, acting independently, and in so distinct spheres, is certainly a significant fact, and warrants the most thoughtful consideration of this subject on the part of our ministers and churches. The hope is cherished, that as the result of such mature consideration, an impulse will be

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