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REW. W. B. COLLYER, D. D. F. A. S.
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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1833, by Lincoln & EDMANDs in the Clerk's office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

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PREFA C E.

THE rapid multiplication of reading individuals among the friends of religion, is one of the most auspicious signs of the times. Our sabbath schools and bible classes have created habits of thought, and a spirit of research, and the younger members of our families and churches are hungering and thirsting for information. It is of immense importance that suitable aliment be provided for this mental appetite. It was excited by our efforts, let us not suffer it to become morbid. We led to the tree of knowledge; let us guide to the tree of life, whose fruit is for the healing of the nations. The youthful the usands of an Israel on-leaving the sacred enclosure of the sabbath school, will look for occupation of the mind, and their habits and opinions will depend in a high degree upon the character of the books they read. If passive impressions lead to active habits, it is a matter of high concern that we place in the hands of youth works that may produce a happy influence in sentiment and conduct. It may not be improper to look round, and see how works of excellence may be brought forth from sources hitherto inaccessible to the community. It has appeared to methat the writings of the Rev. Dr. Collyer would afford fine materials for a volume worthy of a place in every christian library. Dr. Collyer is the able and faithful pastor of a large congregation in the vicinity of

Reason and Revelation, - - - - 48 Use of Sacred History, - - - - 51 Horrors of War, . - - - - - 52 Writers of the Scriptures—wise and good men, 53 The spirit in which the Bible should be read, 58 Man a dependent creature, . . . . 60 Human power is limited, - - - - 62 MIRACLES.

Exertion necessary to attainment, . . . 65 Man's consciousness of immortality, • * 67 Laudable curiosity, - - - - e. 69 The Apostles of Christ, e - - - 70 Importance of religious sentiments, - ... — 73 Benevolence of Christianity, - - - 74 Miracles of Christ, - - - - - 77 Character of Moses, - - - - - 79 Consistency of the Sacred Scriptures, . . 82 Obscurity no argument against Revelation, . 86 Adversity a test of Character, - - - 89 The first Triumphs of Death, - - - 90 The example of Ancient Saints, . . . 92 Marriage, - - - - - - - 94 Relative Duties, . . . . . . 96 Divine plans in harmony with divine persee

tions, - - - - - - 99 Grand epochs in human life, * . . 100

Man has nothing of his own in which to glory, 102

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