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TESTIMONIALS.

FROM THE PRESIDENT OF YALE COLLEGE,

“ Allow me to express my decided approbation of the object and plan of the National Preacher. It has opened a new channel for the religious influence of the press. It gives a durable form to a selection of able discourses ; and probably gains for them a more attentive perusaly by distributing them, not in volumes, but in smaller portions, at regular intervals of time. The execution, so far as I have observed, is such as to satisfy the public expectation.”

FROM THE AMERICAN BAPTIST. "We esteem this Sermon (CCIX) one of the most valuable in the very valuable series of Sermons which that Work has presented to the reading public within the last ten years; a Work which deserves to receive a larger share of public patronage than it has yet secured.”

FROM PROFESSORS IN PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY. “The plan proposed by the Rev. Austin Dickinson, of publishing a Monthly Series of Sermons, from the pens of respectable Ministers of different denominations of Christians in the United States, is one which, in our opinion, may be rendered highly interesting and extensively useful. We do, therefore, willingly recommend the undertaking to the patronage of the Christian community."

FROM THE PRESIDENT AND PROFESSORS OF AMHERST COLLEGE. “Mr. Dickinson has a clear and discriminating mind; and is himself at once an able writer and preacher. Having spent four years at the South and West, and become extensively acquainted with Ministers and Christians of different denominations; and having at the same time an intimate knowledge of the religious state and wants of New-England ; perhaps no man is better qualified to inake a powerful and salutary impression on the public mind, by combining (and in a sense directing) the talents of our most eminent divines in his Monthly Preacher.

" Most sincerely do we wish him the co-operation of those whose name and influence may make the work a blessing to many thousande."

FROM THE QUARTERLY CHRISTIAN SPECTATOR. “We do not hesitate to say, that Mr. Dickinson has adopted one of the happiest expedients hitherto devised for eliciting that diversity of gifts' in the Christian ministry, which infinite wisdom and benevolence have bestowed for the edification of the body of Christ, and for bringing sinners to the foot of the cross."

FROM THE NEW-YORK OBSERVER.

“ This periodical has, from its commencemept in 1926, been regarded as a standard work; and, afforded as it is at the low price of one dollar a year, and sustained by some of the ablest writers of our country, we should expect it would continue to have an extensive and increasing circulation."

PROSPECTUS.

It will be the habitual endeavor of the Editor, in this work, to present such Sermons, on all important subjects of Gospel doctrine and practice, as may tend to honor the great Redeemer and save immortal souls. We have been cheered with constant assurances of its usefulness; and if those who read and appreciate, will make it known to others, and encourage its circulation, its influence may widen and extend so long as the Gospel is preached.

AGENTS.

Benevolent persons in different churches and congregations, who are willing to act as Agents to promote the circulation of this work, and procure Subscribers in their neighborhood, may, if they desire it, receive every sixth copy, to present to the Sabbath School Library, to their minister, or to other individuals.

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1. The inonthly numbers usually contain two Sermons. II. Price One Dollar, in advance, (or on receiving the first number) annually. Four copies, or volumes, for Three Dollars, in advance.

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New Subscribers may commence with any number they choose, on advancing payment for a year. An elegant Portrait of President Edwards accompanies the January Number.

Postmasters are authorized to forward payments to the Proprietor, at his risk; to them receipts will be returned, to be shown to Subscribers. Nó mode of conveyance is found more safe than the mail.

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Letters may be directeu, post-paid, to the Proprietor,
DARIUS MEAD, {

Office of the Nalivnal Preacher,
150 Nassau-street, New York.

PROSPECTUS.

It will be the habitual endeavor of the Editor, in this work, to present such Sermons, on all important subjects of Gospel doctrine and practice, as may tend to honor the great Redeemer and save immortal souls. We have been cheered with constant assurances of its usefulness; and if those who read and appreciate, will make it known to others, and encourage its circulation, its influence may widen and extend so long as the Gospel is preached.

Upwards of sixty Clergymen, of five Christian denominations, and belonging to sixtcen different States, most of whom are well known to the public as authors, have allowed the Editor to expect from them Sermons for this work.

AGENTS.

Benevolent persons in different churches and congregations, who are willing to act as Agents to promote the circulation of this work, and procure Subscribers in their neighborhood, may, if they desire it, receive every sixth copy, to present to the Sabbath School Library, to their minister, or to other individuals.

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Acts 1: 5.— Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many

days hence.

BAPTISM is of two kinds of water, and of the Spirit. The one is an emblem of the other ; but the latter is, by no means, an inseparable attendant of the former. The value of the former arises from its connexion with the latter; “for as the body without the spirit is dead,” so baptism by water becomes an empty ceremony, when it is viewed by itself, without regard to the baptism of the Spirit.

Water-haptism has received much and critical attention. Every thing, that could be brought to bear upon the subject, has been most thoroughly investigated, as of the utmost importance. It may well be questioned, whether any mere outward ceremony should be regarded with such general and absorbing interest. It tends greatly to mar the fair proportions of truth, and to cast the thing signified into the shade. Such, it is to be feared, has been the result. But how seldom do we hear or read of the BAPTISM OF THE HOLY Ghost ? This it is, after all, that should call out the feelings, and kindle up the thoughts of those who seek the promotion of Christ's kingdom.' If every subject is worthy of consideration in proportion to its importance, then, judging by the interest with which the shadow has been regarded, this, thc substance, should have engrossed the spiritual

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