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JOHN HENRY HOPKINS, D.D.
Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the Diocese of Vermont.

PHILADELPHIA :

JAMES M. CAMPBELL & CO.

SAXTON & MILES, NEW YORK.

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1844, by

JAMES M. CAMPBELL & Co. in the Clerk's office of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

John C. Clark, Printer.

PREFACE.

THE following lectures were written in A. D., 1840, and were delivered in the parish of the author, St. Paul's Church, Burlington, on the evenings of sixteen successive Sundays, to the apparent satisfaction of a large and somewhat promiscuous congregation.

Being unexpectedly obliged to visit Philadelphia, for the purpose of correcting the press, in the publication of his recent letters to the bishops, clergy and laity of his own communion, the author conceived that he should be performing an acceptable service to the cause of truth, if he availed himself of the opportunity to preach these lectures in that city. And although he foresaw that there might be considerable difficulty in making any arrangement, by which sixteen discourses on the Reformation could be brought within the three weeks required for his own specific business, yet he resolved at least to make the proposal to his brethren, the rectors of the city Churches, and let them decide whether such an effort would be useful.

The result was a very interesting expression of sound views, and fraternal feelings, on the part of the clergy at large. An arrangement was made, by which five of the principal Churches should be occupied in rotation, on the evenings of three successive weeks, so as to complete the whole course within the period allotted to the author's stay. The following Sunday night was fixed for the introductory lecture, the notices were

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