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TRINITY CHURCH, UPPER CHELSEA.
REV. HENRY BLUNT, A.M.,
RECTOR OF STREATHAM, SURREY;
FELLOW OF FEMBROKE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE ; AND
CHAPLAIN TO HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF RICHMOND.
In compliance with the wish of many of the Author's late congregation, to possess some of those discourses, which they heard from time to time, during his residence of nearly twelve years among them, he has selected the contents of the present volume. His desire while with them, was, as far as he knew himself, to come "not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto them the testimony of God. For he determined not to know any thing among them save Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
their faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” In presenting them with these reminiscences of his ministry, his intention is still the same, and the highest praise he covets is, that there should not be a sentence that is not entirely in unison with the revealed Word of God, and perfectly intelligible to the most uneducated of those, to whom it was his privilege originally to address it.
To any thing beyond this, the present discourses have no claim ; written as they were amidst the unceasing cares and harassing labours of a large parish, they contain, as might be expected, no traces of finished composition, or of profound thought, or of originality of conception. Such as they are, they have been selected simply as appearing among the most useful of the author's pulpit ministrations; and as usefulness has always been his highest aim, his prayer is, that He who “ possesseth the residue of the Spirit,” may enable these discourses, in their present shape, to become a hundred-fold more useful than when first delivered ; that, feeble as they are, they may be made mighty, through God, to awaken the sleeper, to direct the inquirer, to convince the doubtful, to comfort the afflicted, to establish the believer, and, above all, to promote the glory of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.