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TO THE PUBLIC.
AND RAIMENT FOR THE
THE following Discourse, as will readily be believed by all who read it, was written in great. haste, under the pressure of numerous distressing cares, and in the midst of unavoidable interruptions. The causes which compelled a hasty draught, in the first instance, prevent a deliberate and corrected
The Author submits it therefore to the public, nearly in the state in whieh it was delivered ; and lis apology for so doing, is a belief that its avails will be a mite, at least, put into BENEVOLENT HANDS, to buy BREAD FOR THE HUNGRY,
NAKED.-The circumstances under which it was written will, the Author trusts, soften the edge of criticism ; and the motives which induce him to consent to its publication, meet the approbation of humanity. Be this however as it may, should the funds of the Society be benefited by the sale of it-should the arguments unfolded in it, awaken the public attention, and excite the public sympathy towards AFFLICTED, UNFORTUNATE, AND
HUMANITY-above all, should it excite, by the Divine blessing, to the practice of CHRISTIAN CHARITY, the Author will have received for his labor an abundant reward, and for any censures which it may occasion, sufficient indem. nity.
JOB, xxix, 11, 12.
When the ear heard me, then it blessed me ; and when
the eye saw me, it gave witness to me : because I delivered the poor that bried, the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.
THUS spake the prince of Uz—whose history, no less singular than affecting, is filled with disaster, and unfolds to our view an instance of the most sad and sudden reverse of fortune.
On the morning of an eventful day, which proved fatal to every earthly hope, this venerable man arose in' affluence and prosperity : his herds were grazing in their pastures ; his oxen ploughing in the field, and his flocks whitened the hills. His sons and his daughters, united by a thousand endearments, and participating in the felicities of social life, gladdened a parent's heart, whilst they met to express
their mutual love, and regale themselves at their eldest brother's house.