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BY REV. BENJAMIN KEACH,
LINCOLN & EDMANDS,
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1831,
By Lincoln & EDMANDS, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
TAE Editor hopes he has rendered an acceptable service to the religious public, by bringing forth from almost entire oblivion, this small but admirable trea. tise. The strenuous efforts of Authors and Publishers to attract attention to new works, and the necessarily greater interest we feel in the present than in the past, combine to throw the books of former years into increasing obscurity. Though books abound in every department of knowledge or piety, yet those of a proper kind do not abound, at least, on practical religion. Sabbath Schools and Tract Societies, together with extended education, have created a taste for reading, which it has become extremely difficult to supply. We are deplorably deficient in books for private Christians and common readers, which possess interest without fiction-religion without sectarianism-plainness of style without vulgarity-and importance of matter without being above general comprehension. These excellences, the Editor thinks are eminently displayed in this little volume.
Most works of this kind, since Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, have been clumsy imitations of that immortal production, and hare fallen into merited contempt. KEach is entitled to the merit of originality, not less than that of skill. His line of metaphor is wholly diverse from that of Bunyan. While that delineates