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W O R K S
AUGUSTUS M. TOPLADY, A. B.
LATE VICAR OF BROAD HEMBURY, DEVON.
WITH AN ENLARGED MEMOIR OF THE AUTHOR.
IN SIX VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR WILLIAM BAYNES AND SON,
AND H. S. BAYNES, EDINBURGH.
PREFACE TO THE WORKS.
BY THE PUBLISHERS.
The Works of Mr. Toplady have now been long in the hands of the religious world. Nor will it be al. leged, that the estimation in which they have been so generally held, has at all been diminished, by the length of time that has elapsed, since their first publication. The grand doctrines, which it is their object especially to illustrate and establish, must be for ever interesting. They lie at the very foundation of the Christian system. And so long, therefore, as vital Christianity shall be valued among men, the Works of this Author must be esteemed a precious treasure of divine truth, till the language in which they are written, shall cease to be understood.
The doctrines here contended for with such earnestness, and supported by such evidence, are, we are bold to say, the very same which it was the leading design of the apostle Paul, in all his writings, but especially in his epistles to the Romans, the Galatians, and the Ephesians, to establish. For the proof of this assertion, we, with confidence, appeal to the Works themselves. Their Author will be found to take the apostle for his guide. He has, accordingly, been assailed by the same objections, and might, with equal truth, have made the same