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NATHANAEL EMMONS, D. D.
PASTOR OF THE CHURCH IN FRANKLIN, MASS.
A MEMOIR OF HIS LIFE.
EDITED BY JACOB IDE, D. D.
PUBLISHED BY CROCKER & BREWSTER,
NO. 47 WASHINGTON STREET.
N. B. Briggs
Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year Eighteen Hundred and Forty Two,
BY CROCKER AND BREWSTER,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
52 Washington Surcet.
In making selections for the present Work from the writings of the author, it has been thought but a just tribute to his judgment to fix in the first place upon the Volumes, Sermons and Essays which were prepared and published during his life, under his own direction. This has been done, so far as was consistent with what was thought on the whole to be the best arrangement of the subjects, and the number and size of the volumes. It has indeed been suggested by some who have felt deeply interested in this undertaking, that it would be well to omit some of the sermons in which the author's peculiar views are the most strongly expressed, in order to render the work less objectionable to those who differ from him. But such a policy has not appeared to the Editor either just or wise. It is certainly proper that such a man as Dr. Emmons, should be left to speak for himself, and to continue to stand before the public in the same attitude in which he chose to stand while living and able to take his own position. The world wish to see the man as he was, and his writings as he left them. If he is wrong, the full, unequivocal, and even what some consider the unguarded manner in which he has expressed himself, will render it the easier to refute him. On the other hand, if he is right, these discourses are too valuable, the subjects on which they treat too important, to be thrown aside on account of a slight impropriety of expression with which some are disposed to charge him, and which can easily be corrected by those who think the same truth can be told in a better way.
The materials for ten volumes, as valuable as those with which these six are composed, are in the hands of the Editor. The only reason why the present edition embraces no more is, it was the serious judgment of those on whose advice in regard to subjects of this nature the greatest reliance is to be placed, that the present number and size of the volumes constitute a work as large as could with safety be published at this time of pecuniary embarrassment.
The Editor regrets to say that he has not been able to get into the present volumes near all of the matter which he had selected for them;