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In presenting this second edition of the collected Works of the late truly excellent and pious DR. HORNE, to which are now added his very interesting “ Considerations on the Life and Death of Abel, &c." it may be necessary to premise, that the reader is not to expect that it shall contain the whole of his writings. Some of his juvenile essays and controversial tracts are omitted, because, however amusing or useful at the time they were written, they would contribute but little to the stock of public information in the present day. Nor, although they might not materially diminish, could they add much to a reputation derived from those mature labours which have been so long sanctioned by public approbation, and are eminently calculated to promote that vital and practical Christianity, which was ever nearest the author's heart, and ever animated his tongue and pen.
on his Death, 207.His Poetry, specimens of, 233, et seq.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION OF
LIFE OF DR. HORNE, &c.
In publishing the Memoirs of the Life of Dr. Horne, my intention was only to give a true idea of that good man, as it presented itself to my memory and affections, and to produce an edifying book, rather than a formal history. I flatter myself it has done some good; and I hope it may do more. If any offence has been given, I can only say it was no part
of my plan : but it is a common fault with plain Christians, who know little of the world, to tell more truth than is wanted ; and they have nothing left but a good conscience, to support them under the mistake.
Some few exceptions have been made to the performance by little cavillers, which are not worth mentioning: but I brought myself into the most serious difficulty of all, by representing bishop Horne as a Hutchinsonian ; which thing, it seems, ought not to have been done ; as it was strongly suggested to me,