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BY THE LATE REV. CHARLES JENKINS,
PASTOR OF THE
THIRD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH,
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1832,
BY JOSEPH LIBBEY, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Maine.
It is not always the case, that a preacher's reputation among his contemporaries is commensurate with his actual worth. While some riot in popular favor, and the world goeth after them,' others, whose labors may be connected with equally important results, pass their days on earth in comparative silence, blessing their race in a thousand ways, without being extensively known as benefactors. It is not till they are removed from this world, that their agency and influence are fully appreciated beyond the little circle of those, who had narrowly observed their “ doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, charity, patience.” Qualities, that leave the most salutary and permanent impression, are not always those which excite, at first, the greatest admiration, Some men seem qualified by their constitutional properties, as well as by the nature of their attainments, to labor at the foundations, which by their instrumentality are kept from 'going out of course;' while others are seen and heard around, or aloft on, the superstructure, which, to casual or unreflecting beholders, appears to rise by their unaided efforts. This diversity of gifts is one of the admirable provisions of the great Head of the church for advancing the triumphs of truth, and subjugating the world to his sway.
The author of the discourses herewith presented to the