The length of time, which has elapsed, since this edition of the Works of President Edwards was, in a sense, announced, needs a brief explanation.

His manuscripts were so illegible, and left in such a state, that it was impossible to decide on the publication of any of them, until they were copied. The materials for his Life, were to be sought for in remote places, by consulting those advanced in life, by finding out family traditions, by copying records, by collecting letters, manuscripts and pamphlets, and the original editions of his works, in libraries of long standing, and in the collections of antiquaries. Many of the manuscripts, thus discovered, were so illegible, that no one could be found to undertake the task of copying them. According to the original plan, the negligences of language in the published works were to be corrected ; and this plan was not relinquished, until the slow process of correcting them with the pen, on the printed page, was far advanced towards completion. The expense of copying the manuscripts of Mr. Edwards, was also heavy, and could not have been defrayed, but for the liberal ty of a friend. Without any farther detail of circumstances, it need only be stated, that the whole work, including the examination and copying of the manuscripts, the preparation of the unpublished manuscripts, and of the Life, has occupied several years of constant labour, and has been pursued unremittingly, and at the sacrifice of health, by a regular devotion to it, of all the time, that could be spared from professional duties.

In preparing the Memoir, the Life by Dr. Hopkins, which is the testimony of an eye-witness, has been incorporated ; and the quotations are marked in the usual way, except where the paragraphs are seriously altered by the insertion of new matter. In the last chapter, free use is made of a brief sketch of the Life and Character of Mr. Edwards, (also the testimony of an eye-witness,) by a gentleman connected with the college at Princeton, probably Dr. Finley, inserted in the first edition of the Treatise on Original Sin ; as well as of a well written review of the Worcester Edition of his works, in the Christian Spectator. To a friend I am indebted, for the very brief account of the two Treatises on Original Sin, and the Freedom of the Will.

The works, heretofore published, are taken from the English Edition, as far as it contained them, without alterations of the language. The notes of its editor, Dr. Williams, are marked with a W. at the end, and have been retained by request.


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Remarkable Revival of Religion, in 1734, and '35. Its Extent and

Power. Manner of treating Awakened Sinnere. Causes of its

Decline. Religious Controversy in Hampshire. Death of his

Sister Lucy. Characteristics of Mrs. Edwards. Remainder of

Personal Narrative.



Narrative of Surprising Conversions. His views of Revivals of Re-

ligion. Remarkable Providence at Northampton. “Five Dis-

courses." Mr. Bellamy a resident of his family. History of Re-

demption. Extra-Parochial labours of Mr. Edwards. Sermon at

Enfield. Funeral Sermon on the Rev. W. Williams.



Commencement of a second Great Revival of Religion, in the Spring

and Sumner of 1740. Visit of Mr. Whitefield at Northampton.

Impulses. Judging of the Religious Character of others. Letter


to his Dangliter. Le:ter to a young Lady in Connecticut. Lay

Preaching. Letter of Rev. G. Tennent. Sermon at New-Ha-

Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God. Pre-
face by Mr. Cooper and Mr. Williams. Mr. Samuel Hopkins. 1-16


Temporary Abatement of Religious Attention. Letter to Mr. Bel-

lamy. Missionary Tour. Success at Leicester. Mr. Hopkins

becomes a member of his family. Mr. Buell's successful labours

at Northampton. Mr. Edwards Narrative of the Revival at North-

ampton, in 1740, 241, '42. Covenant entered into by the Church. 157


Mrs. Edwards. Her solemn self-dedication. Her uncommon disco-

veries of the Divine Perfections and Glory; and of the Excellency

of Christ. Remarks concerning them.



Extent of the Revival of 1740, '41, '42. Auspicious opening. Op-

posed by its enemies; and injured by its friends. “ Thoughts on

the Revival in New-England.” Attestations of numerous minis-

ters. Causes of its decline. Influence of Mr. Whitefield, Mr.

Tennent, and others. Infience of Mr. Edwards' Publications in

Scotland. Great Revival of Religion there. His correspondents

in that country. Letter to Mr. M Culloch. Answer to do. Let-

ter from Mr. Robe.



First Interview with David Brainerd. Separations from Churches.

Letter to Rev. Mr. Whitman. Correspondence with Mr. Clap.

Character of that gentleman. Sermon at the Ordination of Mr.

Abercrombie. Letter to Mr. M'Culloch. Views of the Prophe-

cies, relative to the Church. Sermon at the Ordination of Mr.




Mistakes extensively prevalent at this time, as to the nature and evi-

dences of True Godliness. “ Treatise on Religious Affections.”

Design and Character of the Work. Republished abroad. Letter

from Mr. Gillespie concerning it. Letter from Mr. Edwards to

Mr. M'Culloch. Reply to Mr. Gillespie. Proposal made in Scot-

land, for United Extraordinary Prayer. Efforts of Mr. Edwards to

promote it. Letter to Mr. M'Culloch. “Humble Attempt to

promote Extraordinary Prayer."



Arrival of David Brainerd at Northampton. His sickness and death

at the house of Mr. Edwards. His papers. Death of Jerusha, the

second daughter of Mr. E. Her character. Correspondence of

Mr. E. with Rev. John Erskine. Abstract of Mr. E.'s first Letter

to Mr. Erskine. Plan conceived of the Freedom of the Will.

Death of Col. Stoddard. Kinduess of Mr. Erskine. Letter of

Mr. E. to him. Second Letter from Mr. Gillespie. Letter to Mr.

M'Culloch. Letter to Mr. Erskine. Letter from Mr. Willison.

Life and Diary of Brainerd. Letters to Messrs. Erskine, M'Cul-

loch, and Robe. Ordination of Rev. Job Strong. Anecdote of

Rev. Mr. Moody. Letter of' Mr. E. to his daughter Mary. Se.

cond Letter to Mr. Gillespie.



Commencement of Difficulties at Northampton. Case of discipline.

Conduct of the Church. Change, as to admission of members, ef-

fected by Mr. Stoddard. Controversy with Dr. Mather. Lax

mode of admission, early introduced into Massachusetts. Reasons

of its extensive adoption. Mr. Edwards makes known his senti-

ments. Violent ferment in the town. Causes of it. Mr. Edwards

not allowed to preach on the subject. Publishes “ Qualifications

for Communion.” The Town request Mr. Williams and Mr. Clark

10 answer Mr. Edwards' Treatise. Difficulties in the choice of a




Mr. Edwards' own Narrative. History of his own Opinions as to the

point in Controversy. Consequences of declaring them. Proposal

to preach rejected by Committee. Proposal to publish. First move-

ment of the Precinct, Oct. 16. First meeting of the Church, Oct.

22. Meeting and Votes of Do. Nov. 20. Reply of Mr. Edwards.

Meeting of Precinct, Dec. 7. Meeting of Church, Dec. 11. Let-

ter of Mr. Edwards. Preparatory Council agreed on, Dec. 12, 313


Meeting of Previous Council. Remarks of Mr. Edwards, on the

question, Whether he ought not to be allowed to go out of the coun-

ty, in the choice of a Final Council. Remarks of Mr. Edwards, on

the question, Whether the state of things was ripe for a Final

Council. Proposal of Mr. Edwards. Result. . Adjournment.

Measures of both parties,



Adjourned meeting of the Preparatory Council. Farther Remarks of

Mr. Edwards on the question, Whether he ought not to go out of the

County, in the choice of the Final Council. Council refuse to ex-

press their opinion on this point. Mr. Edwards' Lectures on Qual-

ifications for Communion. Attempted interference of neighbouring

Clergy. Difficulties relating to choice of Final Council. Choice

of that Council, May 3. Meeting and Result of that council, June

19. Protest of Minority,



Result of Council, and Protest, read. Farewell Sermon. Postscript

of Letter to Mr. Gillespie. Letter to Mr. Erskine. Letter to Mr.

M'Culloch. Marriage of two of his daughters. Forbidden to preach

at Northampton. Exemplary conduct of Mr. Edwards. Proceed-

ings of his Friends. , Council. Proceedings of Church. Letter

of Mr. Hawley,



Review of the Dismission of Mr. Edwards. Causes. Conduct of the

Parties. Designs of Providence,



Proposals from Stockbridge, and from the Commissioners. Visit to

Stockbridge. Indian Mission. Housatonnucks. Mohawks. Dis-

sensions of English inhabitants. Mr. Hollis’ munificence. Letter

to Mr. Hobby. Reply of Rev. Solomon Williams. Letter to Mr.

Erskine. Letter to Mr. Gillespie. First Letter to Mr. Hollis,

Removal to Stockbridge. Letter to Hon. Mr. Hubbard. Petition

to General Court,


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