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University Press : Hilliard & Metcalf, printers,

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PREFACE.

When Christ was upon earth, he went about doing good ; instructing the ignorant, healing the sick, and comforting the mourners. All who profess to love him and cordially receive his doctrine, ought to copy his example. And it must be acknowledged, that, of late years, Christians of different de. nominations have shown an increased zeal in promoting the cause of pure religion. Among the various means of doing good, may be numbered the.giving away or lending of pious books. Those who diligently and prudently use these means, will seldom fail to see some happy effects produced ; and much of the seed, which is thus sown,

may spring up when the hands that scattered it are mouldering in the dust. For the encouragement of benevolent endeavours in this way, I shall men. tion the following anecdote.--When a great work of God was going on at Truro, under the ministry of that excellent clergyman, Mr. Walker, there were about one hundred and sixty sol. diers wintering in the town. The first thing he did, was to give to every man • Reynold's Compassionate Address,' believing it a tract, for its size and mata ter, the fittest in the world for their use. Out of the hundred and sixty, in less than three weeks, a full hundred of them came to his house, asking what they must do to be saved. Their very countenances were changed; and, with tears bursting from their eyes, they

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