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ORIGIN, ECONOMY, AND PRESENT POSITION :
A SERMON IN THREE PARTS,
THE SUBSTANCE OF WHICH WAS
PREACHED BEFORE THE WESLEYAN-METHODIST CONFERENCE,
IN CITY-ROAD CHAPEL, LONDON,
ON MONDAY, THE FIRST OF AUGUST, MDCCCXLII.
PUBLISHED BY THEIR ORDER.
BY THE REV. JAMES DIXON,
EX-PRESIDENT OF THE CONFERENCE,
AND 66, PATERNOSTER-ROW,
In preparing for the press the Sermon delivered before the Conference, it was found necessary to re-compose the whole. The arrangement and topics remain unaltered; but liberty has been taken in introducing new arguments and illustrations in support of the several positions then laid down.
It has been thought best to divide the discourse into three distinct parts, as each subject-though it is hoped the whole is in unity with itself—may be regarded as complete.
Whatever reception the Sermon may meet with amongst his Brethren and the people in general, the Author feels it a happiness to bear his humble testimony to the great work which God has wrought in the world, by the instrumentality of Methodism.
To his Brethren, in Conference, who unanimously requested the publication of the Sermon, the Author owes, and tenders, his warmest acknowledgments. But in the circumstances in which it now appears, it would be wrong to claim for it their official confirmation.
A general approval—without being pledged to every sentiment—is all that the Author understood as meant by the vote for its publication; and if, in its enlarged form, it may secure this, together with the promotion of a spirit of increased con. fidence and piety in the body, his highest hopes will be gratified.
MANCHESTER, March 11th, 1843.