Excerpt from Sermons
The sermons of the late Rev. John Wilde, herewith presented, are selected chieﬂy from those written and preached during the middle and later part of his ministry. And it is feared that this collection does not include all best remembered by his former parishioners. Some, which were, perhaps, most acceptable and impressive, were so imperfectly represented by the manuscript, that they were necessarily omitted; while others were entirely lost. Indeed, he had himself destroyed His earlier sermons, as well as a large number of those written in his maturer years.
The volume is intended as a memorial of him, to recall to his friends and former parishioners, by a substantial speaking pres ence, the pleasant memories of his ministrations and social inter course; that ih these prin ted sentences they may hear again, what, in former years, from the familiar pulpit, in joys or sorrows, they heard of comfort or counsel or encouragement. He ministered to them in his life in no formal manner, but with unselfish interest anda large-hearted love which appreciated the highest, and in cluded the lowest, and which made him always ready to rejoice with the rejoicing, and weep' with those who wept. And if this volume shall recall him to the minds of his former parishioners and friends, associated with those whom they have loved best, with their deepest experiences, their cherished remembrances and best resolutions, he will, indeed, though dead, yet speak.
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