It is absolutely certain that the following Discourses are the genuine
Works of the worthy Author whose name they bear: they have
been transmitted through the hands of his lineal descendants.
From the handwriting—which is such as was common in the begin-
ning of the eighteenth century—though now rather antiquated, as
well as from the information of those who had access to know, it ap-
pears these Sermons were the original autographs, written at the
time of the dates affixed to them; but to those acquainted with the
spirit and manner of Mr. Boston's other writings, the perusal of the
Discourses themselves will finally convince them they are genuine.
The character of the Author as a judicious, evangelical, and practi-
cal writer, is long ago finally established. The Discourses now of-
fered to the public have been selected from a variety of his manu-
scripts, with considerable care, and faithfully transcribed by one
fully qualified for this service. They were chiefly composed by the
Author in that period of his life when his mind was most vigorous,
his knowledge of the gospel very enlarged, his religious attainments
highly eminent; and at a time, too, when, from a variety of circum-
stances, he was enabled to pay particular attention to the formation
of his Discourses. They are equally full and judicious with those
already published; and we are persuaded will be much relished by
those who understand and value the most accurate methods of teach-
ing evangelical truth. They discover that serious and spiritual
strain, that perspicuity of language, that happy fertility of Scrip-
tural proof and illustration, which are conspicuous in his other
Works. Several respectable Ministers and Christians have expres-
sed an earnest desire of their being sent forth to public view. As
the former Works of this great and good man have been eminently
blessed to the edification of many, it is devoutly hoped the present
publication will produce the same effect.
Rev. John Brown, Minister, Whitburn.
Rev. EBENEZER BROWN, Minister, Inverkeithing.