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THE Editor, in giving the History of the Work of Redemption has followed the fourth Edinburgh Edition, printed in the year 1793. This is according to the form to which tle manuscript was reduced by Dr. Erskine, and ppears to have been printed with uncommon accurao, probably under the eye of the Doctor. This is polerred to the London Edition, published in the year o8 by Mr. PITCHER. The Editor of this Editiø, though he appears 10 have been conscientiously cireful to preserve the sentiments of Mr. EDWARDS, has so varied the style, that we cease to rely thd what we read is the composition of the original futhoře, The copious notes attached to this Edition were evidentiy designed to embellish the work, and render it more acceptable among literary men. Thiy are: thought to be of no advan. tage to the reputdtion of the author, and but in
very few instances to be of any considerable importance to elucidate his work. Some of our subscribers may have expected to see them inserted; but if it had been expedient, we had absolutely no room for them.
WORCESTER, April, 1808.
T THE EDINBURGH EDITION:
THEr w. have a relish for the study of the scriptures, and have access to peruse the following sheets, will, I am pusuaded, deem themselves much indebted to the Reveren Mr. EDWARDS of Newhaven for consenting to put them. Though the acute philosopher and deep diine appears in them, yet they are in the general better alculated for the insiruction and improvement of ordina:y Christians, than those of President EDWARDS's wrrings, where the abstruse nature of the subject, or the subtle objections of opposcrs of the ruih, led him to fire abstract and metaphysical reasonings. The manuscript being entrusted to my care, Iļique:101.presumed , make any change in the sentiments or compostion. I have, however, taken the liberiġ to reduce it from the form of sermons, which it originally bore, to that of a continued treatise ; and I have so altered and diversified the marks of the several divisions and subdivisions, that each class of heads might be easily distinguished.
EDINBURGH, April 29, 1774,