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ELOQUENT AND INSTRUCTIVE PASSAGES FROM
BY JOSEPH BELCHER, D.D.,
Author of " Scripture Narratives," "Baptisms of the New Testament," &c., and the Editor
Rev. Robert Hall,” &c., &c.
EDWARD H. FLETCHER,
141 NASSAU STREET.
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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1849,
BY EDWARD H. FLETCHER, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern
District of New York.
Stereotyped by C. DAVISON,
33 Gold st., N. Y.
In submitting this volume to the candid examination of the public, its editor would respectfully offer two or three remarks.
To three classes of persons he thinks this work may prove acceptable and useful.
Our families need more and better reading for the Sabbath than they generally have. It is more than time that tale-books, even though they may be embellished with religion, were dismissed. Nor is it of less importance that a class of works, not unfriendly indeed to piety, but entirely without it, should give place to volumes filled with holy truth. Here men eminent for talent, for learning, and, above all, for Christian devotedness, may be introduced to give their short but interesting addresses on topics of the highest moment.
Equally true is it that in many parts of our country, we have congregations meeting from Sabbath to Sabbath without a living teach
Will not at least an occasional passage from this volume, well and seriously read, often tend to guard against error, to lead to the knowledge of truth, and to cherish a spirit of devotion and of holy love ? Few of these passages can ever be inappropriate, while some one or other will be suitable for almost all the various states in which a church of Christ can be placed.
Nor can the volume prove unacceptable to the rising ministry. Here two hundred of the servants of Jesus, of every part of our country, and of more than one generation, in their varied phraseology, lead us around the cross of Jesus, and derive from it motives to the discharge of every Christian duty.
Many an important hint will be gleaned from the volume in reference alike to the subjects and the manner of the ministry, while all will be increasingly impressed with the importance of the office.
In the preparation of the work, its editor has been delighted with the unity of views and feelings manifested by those who have fur