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Author of “Harp on the Willows," “Life in Earnest,"

THIRD EDITION.

NEW-YORK.

ROBERT CARTER, 58 CANAL-STREET.

PITTSBURGH: 56 MARKET-STREET.

1847

( ما )

TO THE

KIRK SESSION AND CONGREGATION

OF THE

NATIONAL SCOTCH CHURCH,

REGENT SQUARE.

MY DEAR FRIENDS.-Of all ministerial employments and some of them are exceedingly delightful-there is none in which I am so happy, nor so sure that I am profitably engaged, as when meditating over, and writing down, the truths of the Bible for your benefit. These sometimes come out to view with a vividness and beauty which words cannot perpetuate, but still with a radiance which, to my own memory, lingers on many texts, ana has left an entrancement round days and places devoted to their study. And just as I rejoice when a day of uninvaded leisure secures some fresh materials for the edification and comfort of that beloved people whose wel. fare lies nearest my heart; so I have sometimes had to mourn when personal exhaustion, or stormy weather, or some adverse incident on Sabbath, frustrated the meditation of the week. There is the two-fold sadness, that

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