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TO

THE READER.

THE Editor of this little Wolume was a person of considerable literary abilities and judgment: and had he not been taken to his reward early in life, this production proves, that mankind might have been much benefited by his judicious labours. As a Collection t is inferior to none in the kingdom. And as the Compiler was justly esteemed for his piety and vivacity of spirit, so has he made choice of those pieces that cannot fail, if duly attended to, to instil into the mind of the Reader, the love of virtue and true religion; abstracted from all illiberal ideas and pe. dantic notions, which are only of man's invention.

He was not confined in his sentiments to

any particular human system; but the tenor of his conduct, private and public, proved him to be actuated by the best principles, The love of God, and of all Mankind. From such abilities, therefore, it is natural to evpect the most agreeable productions; and herein, we apprehend, the judicious reader will not be disappointed.

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