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DEDICATION.

To the Most Hon. the Marchioness of Stafford.

Dear MarchIONESS OF STAFFORD,

I feel it no common pleasure to be allowed to dedicate this work to your Ladyship.

You were one of the first to express to me the deep interest awakened in your mind by a perusal of The Great Tribulation.I was encouraged by your enlightened and discriminating observations on a subject by no means new

to you.

You heard the greater part of this volume in the form of lectures from the pulpit; and you were good enough to tell me, with profit and pleasure.

I have also often conversed with your Ladyship on these glorious themes, and never without advantage from the remarks of a thoughtful mind.

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Permit me, therefore, to inscribe the work to your Ladyship as a humble expression of respect and esteem, as well as of thanks, for your munificent aid, and still more unwearied personal attention to your numerous schools, for the education of the children of the poor.

In this way only can I recognize what my congregation most truly appreciates.

I have the honour to be,
Dear Marchioness of Stafford,
Your Ladyship's faithful Servant,

JOHN CUMMING.

CONTENTS.

PAGB

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LECTURE I.

WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING ? . 2 Peter iii. 1-4.

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