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PREFATORY.

The following discourses, published by request of the Prudential Committee, were delivered on occasion of inducting the PROFESSOR OF SACRED RHETORIC AND PASTORAL THEOLOGY in the Auburn Theological Seminary. The public exercises were ordered by the BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, to whom appertains the general superintendence of the Institution ; who elect all the Officers, Professors, Tutors, Trustees, and others entrusted with the immediate administration of its concerns. The SERMON and the CHARGE were delivered by the brethren respectively and regularly designated to the service; who have kindly consented, not without some reluctation at the unexpected request, to submit their manuscripts for publication. The Preacher, an alumnus of the Seminary, and the brother who officiated as President on the occasion-administering the solemnity of inauguration and delivering the consequent CHARGE, were without

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