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Ir is with great pleasure that I hear that a republication of Gray's "Priesthood" is demanded by the Christian community; and the right to do so, is cheerfully given my esteemed friend, the Publisher. The work is one on which my late revered and beloved father spent much of his time, talent, and acquirements; and one which retained his own approbation even to his last days. From his clerical friends he never received but one opinion, and that was uniform commendation and satisfaction. My relationship forbids me saying of the work what I would rejoice to say under other circumstances. The preliminary and subsequent remarks, to the main question, will meet generally the views of the evangelical public. With the full conviction, that every mind that reads the solution of that hitherto perplexed and perplexing question will be entirely relieved and delighted, I have only to wish, that the Publisher may receive an ample remuneration for his risk in issuing an edition.
January 26, 1844.
C. G. McLEAN.
NEW YORK, December 26, 1843. I HAVE just learned, my dear Sir, that you are about to republish the work of the late Dr. James Gray, on the "Priesthood of Melchisedec." You will allow me to express the hope that it may be widely circulated. Of all the productions of the Dr.'s gifted mind (and few minds were more gifted), this is certainly the ablest. Indeed, I have long regarded it as containing the only satisfactory exposition of the passage of Scripture which it professedly analyses.
The late Dr. Mason, when delivering a course of lectures upon the Epistle to the Hebrews, on coming to the beginning of the 7th chapter, read to his congregation the volume in question; remarking, that it was better than anything he could prepare for them. I will only add, that the style of the work is fine, many parts of it indeed are of surprising brilliancy, and all of it is marked by that sprightliness, vigour, and energy, for which the writer was distinguished. J. MCELROY. TO WILLIAM STEWART, Hagerstown, Md.
THE undersigned has pleasure in expressing his entire concurrence in the estimate of Dr. Gray's work on the "Priesthood," stated above by Dr. McElroy. Dr. Gray was a man of genius, and one of the most eloquent and attractive writers of his day. In the little work on the Priesthood, he has given, perhaps, the only satisfactory clue to the right understanding of a very difficult subject.
NEW YORK, December 26, 1843.
COINCIDENCE BETWEEN THE
JESUS CHRIST AND MELCHISEDEC,
IN THREE PARTS;
IN WHICH THE PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE RELATING TO THAT SUBJECT, IN
BY JAMES GRAY, D.D.
πνευμα]ικοῖς πνευμα]ικὰ συγκρίνον7ες. 1 Cor. ii. 13.
WILLIAM STEWART, HAGERSTOWN, MD.
GEO. S. APPLETON, PHILADELPHIA.
Stereotyped by J. Fagan.