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PRINCIPAL OF ST. MARY'S COLLEGE, ST. ANDREWS.
EDINBURGH: WAUGH AND INNES,
ANI) WHITTAKER, TREACHER & CO., LONDON.
BY THE EDITOR.
The Author of the following Lectures was appointed Professor of Divinity in 1778, and completed the plan which he had formed for himself, in about four years. In every succeeding year, he revised with unwearied care that
of his course which he intended to read to his students; and not a few of the Lectures appear to have been recently transcribed. He took no steps himself for publishing them as a whole ; but he is known to have had this in contemplation ; and at his death he consigned them to the Editor, in such terms as implied that the publication of them would not be in opposition to his wishes.
It will be agreeable, the Editor believes, to the wishes of that large proportion of the ministers of the church of Scotland, who went from the hall of St. Mary's College with unfeigned respect for the character and talents of the Author, to peruse those prelections which commanded the attention of their earlier years. And he is well persuaded, that there are many, who, from personal attachment to the Author, or from a knowledge of
his high reputation, are anxious to become acquainted with his sentiments, on points so important as those which his Lectures embrace.
These considerations alone, however, would not have induced the Editor to disclose his father's manuscripts to the public eye.
In the conclusion of his opening address, as Professor of Divinity, the Author pledged himself by making this solemn declaration : “ Under the blessing and direction of the Almighty, in whose hands I am, and to whom I must give account, no industry or research, no expense of time or of thought, shall be wanting on my part, to render my labours truly useful to the students of divinity in this college: It was under a strong impression that this pledge has been fully redeemed ;-in the firm belief that the publication of his theological lectures, one of the principal fruits of the Author's active and laborious life, will do honour to his memory ;-and in the anxious hope that the object, for which the Lectures were written, to teach and to defend - the truth as it is in Jesus,” may be thus more largely attained, that the Editor resolved to present them to the world:
He cannot withdraw from the charge, which he has felt it both a duty and a pleasure to fulfil, without expressing the increased' veneration, which an attentive perusal of the Lectures has excited in his bosom for the Author; and without offering a fervent prayer to God; that the church, of which he formed so distinguished a member, may never want men, on whom the example