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THE

WORKS

OF THE

1764-1831

REV. ROBERT HALL, A.M.

WITH

A MEMOIR OF HIS LIFE, BY DR. GREGORY; REMINISCENCES, BV
JOHN GREENE, ESQ.; AND HIS CHARACTER AS A

PREACHER, BY THE REV. JOHN FOSTER.

PUBLISHED UNDER THE SUPERINTENDENCE OF

OLINTHUS GREGORY, LL.D., F.R.A.S.,

PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS IN THE ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY;

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HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,

329 & 331 PEARL STREET

FRANKLIN SQUARE

1858.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year one thousand

eight hundred and forty-four, by

HARPER & BROTHERS,

In the Office of the Clerk of the District Court of the Southern District of New York.

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THE editor of this fourth volume of the works of the Rev. Robert Hall would only detain the reader for a few moments from the perusal of what, it is hoped, will prove equally pleasing and useful.

My friend, the late Dr. Olinthus Gregory, contemplated the publication of an additional volume of the works of this distinguished preacher, which was to have comprised about thirty sermons; his removal from earth prevented the accomplishment of his purpose.

It has happened, however, that gentlemen who possessed notes of his pulpit productions, either copied from his own manuscripts, or taken in shorthand on their delivery, have, in various periodical and other publications, presented them to the world. The law of copy-right prevents these sermons being readily collected together and published in England; but in this country they can be printed uniform with the other volumes of his works, and American Christians may enjoy a privilege withheld from their brethren in Europe.

In addition to the various periodicals to which he has been largely indebted for the materials composing this volume, the editor would acknowledge the valuable publications of the Rev. T. Grinfield, M.A., and John Greene, Esq.; nor would he omit an expression of his gratitude to the Rev. James Milnor, D.D., of this city, who kindly furnished a copy of the sermons originally reported by the present Bishop of Calcutta, the editor's copy, by an accident, being left in England.

The Reminiscences by Mr. Greene will be highly interesting to the reader. To use the language of Tait's Magazine on their first publication, "This is a specimen of the most pleasing kind of biography, the reminiscences of an attached friend. With the genius of Hall everybody was acquainted; but here we have him in his native, simple, homely, hearty character, a fin example of the dissenting clergymen of England, a body of men who have done more to bring knowledge, temporal and eternal, home to the bosoms of the community, and to keep alive the flame of civil and religious liberty, than any other in the state."

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