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KINDNESS TO THE DEAD

AND OTHER DISCOURSES

AND OTHER DISCOURSES

BY THE LATE VERY REV.

JAMES COOPER

M.A., D.D. (ABERDEEN); HON. LITT.D. (DUBLIN);
D.C.L. (DURHAM); D.D. (oxon.); LL.D. (GLASGOW);
FORMERLY REGIUS PROFESSOR OF ECCLESIASTICAL

HISTORY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

IN MEMORIAM

LONDON
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING
CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE
NEW YORK AND TORONTO: THE MACMILLAN CO.

1924

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PREFACE

This little volume is issued by the Scottish Church Society as a tribute to the memory of the late Very Reverend Dr. Cooper. It would be impossible to make any adequate acknowledgment of what the Society owes to his membership and services during the thirty years extending from its foundation to his death. This volume, however, will preserve a recollection of his conspicuous felicity in a style of preaching where he was admitted to excel. The Society has to express its indebtedness to Mrs. Cooper for her kindness in permitting the use of the discourses.

The Minute in which the Society recorded its sense of loss in Dr. Cooper's removal is given below.

MINUTE

The Council of the Scottish Church Society adopted the following minute prepared by two of its oldest members : The death of the Very Reverend Dr. James Cooper-an event not less bereaving because its approach was foreshadowed by long illness has removed from this Society its most conspicuous figure. The very magnitude of the loss makes reference to it especially difficult. It would be easy, indeed, to place on record the chronicle of Dr. Cooper's official prominence among us, as one of the chief originators of the Society, as its secretary from the beginning, as joint-secretary since 1911, as president in 1900-1 ; to enlarge upon the part which he took in its committees, its annual meetings, its conferences, and upon his weighty influence in all its Councils; to recall also the many and varied contributions made to its literature by his erudite, discursive, animated, and graceful pen. To do so, however, would but faintly indicate what the Society was to him, or what he was to the Society. For him it furnished continuously an appropriate province in which the ruling motives of his life-zeal for the Church of God, and zeal for the Church in Scotland—found unfettered opportunity. He valued it much as a

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