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The length of time, which has elapsed, since this edition of the Works of President Edwards was, in a sense, announced, needs a brief explanation.
His manuscripts were so illegible, and left in such a state, that it was impossible to decide on the publication of any of them, until they were copied. The materials for his Life, were to be sought for in remote places, by consulting those advanced in life, by finding out family traditions, by copying records, by collecting letters, manuscripts and pamphlets, and the original editions of his works, in libraries of long standing, and in the collections of antiquaries. Many of the manuscripts, thus discovered, were so illegible, that no one could be found to undertake the task of copying them. According to the original plan, the negligences of language in the published works were to be corrected ; and this plan was not relinquished, until the slow process of correcting them with the pen, on the printed page, was far advanced towards completion. The expense of copying the manuscripts of Mr. Edwards, was also heavy, and could not have been defrayed, but for the liberal ty of a friend. Without any farther detail of circumstances, it need only be stated, that the whole work, including the examination and copying of the manuscripts, the preparation of the unpublished manuscripts, and of the Life, has occupied several years of constant labour, and has been pursued unremittingly, and at the sacrifice of health, by a regular devotion to it, of all the time, that could be spared from professional duties.
In preparing the Memoir, the Life by Dr. Hopkins, which is the testimony of an eye-witness, has been incorporated ; and the quotations are marked in the usual way, except where the paragraphs are seriously altered by the insertion of new matter. In the last chapter, free use is made of a brief sketch of the Life and Character of Mr. Edwards, (also the testimony of an eye-witness,) by a gentleman connected with the college at Princeton, probably Dr. Finley, inserted in the first edition of the Treatise on Original Sin ; as well as of a well written review of the Worcester Edition of his works, in the Christian Spectator. To a friend I am indebted, for the very brief account of the two Treatises on Original Sin, and the Freedom of the Will.
The works, heretofore published, are taken from the English Edition, as far as it contained them, without alterations of the language. The notes of its editor, Dr. Williams, are marked with a W. at the end, and have been retained by request.
His Descent. Family of Edwards. Family of Stoddard. His Fa-
His Birth and Education. Earliest Productions of bis Pen.
Habits of Study. Early Productions. Notes on the Mind.
Early Productions continued. Notes on Natural Science.
Early Religious Productions. " Miscellanies." " Notes on the
Scriptures.” Early Religious Impressions. His Personal Nar-
Licensure. Residence in New-York. Personal Narrative continued.
His Tutorship. Sickness. Invitation to Northampton. Personal
Narrative continued. Diary concluded.,
Settlement in the ministry at Northampton. Situation of things at
the time of his settlement. Attention to Religion in the Parish.
Course of Study. Habits of Life. Marriage. Death and Cha-
racter of Mr. Stoddard. Sickness of Mr. Edwards. Death and
Remarkable Revival of Religion, in 1734, and '35. Its Extent and
Power. Manner of treating Awakened Sinnere. Causes of its
Decline. Religious Controversy in Hampshire. Death of his
Sister Lucy. Characteristics of Mrs. Edwards. Remainder of
Narrative of Surprising Conversions. His views of Revivals of Re-
ligion. Remarkable Providence at Northampton. “Five Dis-
courses." Mr. Bellamy a resident of his family. History of Re-
demption. Extra-Parochial labours of Mr. Edwards. Sermon at
Enfield. Funeral Sermon on the Rev. W. Williams.
Commencement of a second Great Revival of Religion, in the Spring
and Sumner of 1740. Visit of Mr. Whitefield at Northampton.
Impulses. Judging of the Religious Character of others. Letter
to his Dangliter. Le:ter to a young Lady in Connecticut. Lay
Preaching. Letter of Rev. G. Tennent. Sermon at New-Ha-
Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God. Pre-
Temporary Abatement of Religious Attention. Letter to Mr. Bel-
lamy. Missionary Tour. Success at Leicester. Mr. Hopkins
becomes a member of his family. Mr. Buell's successful labours
at Northampton. Mr. Edwards Narrative of the Revival at North-
ampton, in 1740, 241, '42. Covenant entered into by the Church. 157
Mrs. Edwards. Her solemn self-dedication. Her uncommon disco-
veries of the Divine Perfections and Glory; and of the Excellency
of Christ. Remarks concerning them.
Extent of the Revival of 1740, '41, '42. Auspicious opening. Op-
posed by its enemies; and injured by its friends. “ Thoughts on
the Revival in New-England.” Attestations of numerous minis-
ters. Causes of its decline. Influence of Mr. Whitefield, Mr.
Tennent, and others. Infience of Mr. Edwards' Publications in
Scotland. Great Revival of Religion there. His correspondents
in that country. Letter to Mr. M Culloch. Answer to do. Let-
First Interview with David Brainerd. Separations from Churches.
Letter to Rev. Mr. Whitman. Correspondence with Mr. Clap.
Character of that gentleman. Sermon at the Ordination of Mr.
Abercrombie. Letter to Mr. M'Culloch. Views of the Prophe-
cies, relative to the Church. Sermon at the Ordination of Mr.
Mistakes extensively prevalent at this time, as to the nature and evi-
dences of True Godliness. “ Treatise on Religious Affections.”
Design and Character of the Work. Republished abroad. Letter
from Mr. Gillespie concerning it. Letter from Mr. Edwards to
Mr. M'Culloch. Reply to Mr. Gillespie. Proposal made in Scot-
land, for United Extraordinary Prayer. Efforts of Mr. Edwards to
promote it. Letter to Mr. M'Culloch. “Humble Attempt to
promote Extraordinary Prayer."
Arrival of David Brainerd at Northampton. His sickness and death
at the house of Mr. Edwards. His papers. Death of Jerusha, the
second daughter of Mr. E. Her character. Correspondence of
Mr. E. with Rev. John Erskine. Abstract of Mr. E.'s first Letter
to Mr. Erskine. Plan conceived of the Freedom of the Will.
Death of Col. Stoddard. Kinduess of Mr. Erskine. Letter of
Mr. E. to him. Second Letter from Mr. Gillespie. Letter to Mr.
M'Culloch. Letter to Mr. Erskine. Letter from Mr. Willison.
Life and Diary of Brainerd. Letters to Messrs. Erskine, M'Cul-
loch, and Robe. Ordination of Rev. Job Strong. Anecdote of
Rev. Mr. Moody. Letter of' Mr. E. to his daughter Mary. Se.
Commencement of Difficulties at Northampton. Case of discipline.
Conduct of the Church. Change, as to admission of members, ef-
fected by Mr. Stoddard. Controversy with Dr. Mather. Lax
mode of admission, early introduced into Massachusetts. Reasons
of its extensive adoption. Mr. Edwards makes known his senti-
ments. Violent ferment in the town. Causes of it. Mr. Edwards
not allowed to preach on the subject. Publishes “ Qualifications
for Communion.” The Town request Mr. Williams and Mr. Clark
10 answer Mr. Edwards' Treatise. Difficulties in the choice of a
Mr. Edwards' own Narrative. History of his own Opinions as to the
point in Controversy. Consequences of declaring them. Proposal
to preach rejected by Committee. Proposal to publish. First move-
ment of the Precinct, Oct. 16. First meeting of the Church, Oct.
22. Meeting and Votes of Do. Nov. 20. Reply of Mr. Edwards.
Meeting of Precinct, Dec. 7. Meeting of Church, Dec. 11. Let-
ter of Mr. Edwards. Preparatory Council agreed on, Dec. 12, 313
Meeting of Previous Council. Remarks of Mr. Edwards, on the
question, Whether he ought not to be allowed to go out of the coun-
ty, in the choice of a Final Council. Remarks of Mr. Edwards, on
the question, Whether the state of things was ripe for a Final
Council. Proposal of Mr. Edwards. Result. . Adjournment.
Adjourned meeting of the Preparatory Council. Farther Remarks of
Mr. Edwards on the question, Whether he ought not to go out of the
County, in the choice of the Final Council. Council refuse to ex-
press their opinion on this point. Mr. Edwards' Lectures on Qual-
ifications for Communion. Attempted interference of neighbouring
Clergy. Difficulties relating to choice of Final Council. Choice
of that Council, May 3. Meeting and Result of that council, June
Result of Council, and Protest, read. Farewell Sermon. Postscript
of Letter to Mr. Gillespie. Letter to Mr. Erskine. Letter to Mr.
M'Culloch. Marriage of two of his daughters. Forbidden to preach
at Northampton. Exemplary conduct of Mr. Edwards. Proceed-
ings of his Friends. , Council. Proceedings of Church. Letter
Review of the Dismission of Mr. Edwards. Causes. Conduct of the
Parties. Designs of Providence,
Proposals from Stockbridge, and from the Commissioners. Visit to
Stockbridge. Indian Mission. Housatonnucks. Mohawks. Dis-
sensions of English inhabitants. Mr. Hollis’ munificence. Letter
to Mr. Hobby. Reply of Rev. Solomon Williams. Letter to Mr.
Erskine. Letter to Mr. Gillespie. First Letter to Mr. Hollis,
Removal to Stockbridge. Letter to Hon. Mr. Hubbard. Petition