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The Christian Emigraut's Guide
SHOWING THE NAKEDNESS OF THE LAND
PLEASANT JOURNEY THROUGH THIS WILDERNESS,
OF SETTLERS IN THE
MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL.
WARD AND CO., PATERNOSTER-ROW;
THE somewhat antique and singular style in which the following pages are written, was suggested to the mind of the Author by the popular excitement of the age on the subject of EMIGRATION. Surrounded with a population affected with a kind of mania for the “gold regions of California,” on the one hand, and by such as were longing to be “ off to the diggings of Australia," on the other, he thought it a seasonable opportunity to direct the attention of the restless millions of earth to the GLORY REGIONS of the BETTER LAND. He could have written a graver book on the subject; but his desire was to win the affections of his readers to Christ; and, without lowering the tone of evangelical religion, to diffuse the blessings of a cheerful piety. For this purpose he designedly adopted the homely costume in which his thoughts are clothed, hoping that they would be more attractive and profitable to his readers in that dress, than in the fashionable style of literary composition.
As to the arrangement and contents of the work, he has no fears “ looming in the future” that he will be suspected of plagiarism. Though, where he thought it necessary to confirm his own ideas by quotations from other authors, he has done so, and marked such extracts with the usual literary distinctions. For several anecdotal illustrations he is indebted to Mr. Denton's collection ; for many to the Rev. J. Flesher's “Cyclopædia of Arvine's;" and for one of surpassing interest, “ The Prodigal Son,” to the pamphlet bearing that title, by the Rev. J. Simpson, who also has rendered his valuable service in assisting to revise the manuscript. For an occasional extract he is under obligation to the author of “Life's Last Hours;" to Drs. Watts, Dick, Clarke, Young, Dwight, Hamilton, and others; to the Rev. W. Cooke, the Rev.