In 1798 a
volume was published in Edinburgh under the title, “The Lord’s Supper fully
Considered, in a Review of the History of its Institution; with Meditations
and Ejaculations suited to the several parts of the Ordinance: to which are
prefixed Three Discourses delivered at the Lord’s Table; by the Late Rev.
John Owen, D.D.” It needs but a glance at the three discourses in order to
feel assured, from internal evidence, that they belong to Owen. The rest
of the volume is assuredly not Owen’s, as it consists of “Remarks on the
‘Plain Account,’ ” etc., — a work published long after our author’s death.
These remarks are directed against a treatise of the celebrated Hoadly,
bishop of Bangor, and latterly of Winchester. His treatise bears the
title, “A Plain Account of the Nature and End of the Lord’s Supper,” and
was published in 1735. An answer to it was published by Thomas Brett,
LL.D., an English divine and controversialist; but whether his answer is
identical with the “Remarks,” we have failed to ascertain. The three
discourses subjoined are not of much importance, but as they have already
appeared in print, we include them in this edition. — Ed.