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LIVES AND CHARACTERS
The Old and New Testament.
INTERSPERSED WITH MORAL AND RELIGIOUS APPLICATIONS, FOR
THE USE OF FAMILIES AND YOUNG PERSONS.
A NEW EDITION.
BY JOHN WATKINS, LL.D.
Author of the Biographical Dictionary, fc.
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BIOGRAPHY possesses many important advantages over general History. The principal of these is the tendency which it has to improve the heart by pourtraying Virtue and Vice as they have actually appeared in the conduct of individuals.
When we contemplate the variegated scenes of public life, exhibited on the great theatre of the world, our minds may be filled with admiration, but they will be often perplexed with difficulties, and deceived by false appearances. The causes of the most important events are frequently buried in the depths of oblivion, or so confounded in the mazes of party prejudice and political intrigue, as not easily to be explored. Should we, indeed, after much inquiry and attention obtain a very comprehensive knowledge of what has been transacted in the world ever since its origin, the acquisition, though undoubtedly very valuable, would not be of much practical utility in correcting our passions, regulating our conduct, strengthening our faith, animating our hopes, or cheering us in this chequered state of vanity and trouble, trial and temptation.
But when we are steadily engaged in considering one character, and have before us an exact and regular view of him in every stage and circumstance of life, from infancy to manhood, and in the various relations which, in the social state, he has been called on to fill; abundant matter is presented to us, which, if duly improved, will make us wiser and better than we were before. We here behold in men of like