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AN

E S S A Y,

ON THE

WARRANT, NATURE AND DUTIES

OF THE OFFICE OF THE

RULING ELDER,

IN THE

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

BY SAMUEL MILLER, D.D.

PROFESSOR OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY AND CHURCH
GOVERNMENT IN THE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

AT PRINCETON, N. J.

NEW-YORK:

JONATHAN LEAVITT.

BOSTON:

CROCKER & BREWSTER

DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY, ss.

BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twenty-fifth day of April, A. D. 1831, in the fifty-fifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, SAMUEL MILLER, of the said District, häth deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims

as Author, ia the words following, to wit:" An Essay on the Warrant, Nature, and Duties of the office of the Ruling Elder, in the Presbyterian Church. By Samuel Miller, D.D. Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Church Government in the Theological Seminary at Princeton, N.J."

In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An Act for the Encouragement of Learnin, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned ;” And also to an act, entitled, “ An act supplementary to an act, entitled, " An act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned ;” and extending the benefits thereof to the Arts of designing, etching, and engraving his. torical and other prints.”

W..-PENNINGTON,
Clerk of the District of New-jersey,

Wm. D’Hart, Printer,

Princeton, N. J.

gift
Tappan Prest, ass
3-7-1932

TO

THE MINISTERS AND ELDERS

OF THE

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,

IN THE

UNITED STATES.

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REVEREND AND RESPECTED BRETHREN,

The substance of the following Essay was delivered, from the Pulpit, in the form of a Sermon, more than twenty years ago, and subsequently published. In consequence of repeated solicitation, from some individuals of your number, I have thought proper to alter its form, to enlarge its limits, and to adapt it, according to my best judgment, to more general utility. It has long appeared to me that a more ample discussion of this subject than I have hitherto seen, is really needed. And if the present volume should be considered as, in

any tolerable degree, answering the desired purpose, I shall feel myself richly rewarded for the labor which has attended its preparation.

Such as it is, my venerated Friends, I inscribe it, most respectfully, to you.

My first

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