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REV. ROBERT HALL, A.M.
WITH A BRIEF MEMOIR
AND A SKETCH OF HIS LITERARY CHARACTER,
BY THE RIGHT HON. SIR J. MACKINTOSH, LL.D. M.P.
AND A SKETCH OF HIS CHARACTER AS A THEOLOGIAN
AND 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.
NOTES OF SERMONS.—LETTERS.
18, st. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.
It is with no ordinary pleasure I lay before the public a volume, entirely composed of materials extracted from papers in Mr. Hall's own handwriting. The first four hundred pages contain notes of sermons; the rest of the volume consists of letters to various persons, and on various occasions.
Of the notes of sermons left by Mr. Hall, several were such mere skeletons that it did not seem expedient to publish them. Of those which have been selected for insertion, such as do not occupy more than eight or nine pages, seem simply to have been employed as pulpit notes, without any ulterior reference. Of the remainder, some were undoubtedly, and others probably, written more fully than his usual pulpit notes, that they might serve as the basis of a volume of sermons which he intended to prepare for publication,* should the state of his health, and a moderate freedom from interruption, ever allow him to accomplish his wishes in that respect. As they now appear, however, they are all, in some measure, incomplete ; not even the fullest of them are carried to half the extent of the preached sermons; and in but few is the application more than hinted.
It will not be expected, then, that these notes should evince the exquisite finish, in point of style, which they would have received from the author, had he prepared them
* See Note, Vol. I. p. 485.