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THE PROFITS ARISING FROM THE SALE OF THIS EDITION
WILL BE APPLIED TOWARDS THE ERECTION OF A NEW
WESLEYAN CHAPEL, IN FISHERTON.
SKETCHES OF THE LIVES, EXPERIENCE,
AND HAPPY DEATHS
MEMBERS OF THE WESLEYAN SOCIETY,
IN THE SALISBURY CIRCUIT.
BY JAMES DREDGE,
ACADEMY, FISHERTON, NEAR SALISBURY.
BE followers of them, who, through faith and patience, inherit the
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR :
SOLD BY SIMPKIN AND MABSHALL, STATION HRSISI ALI
COURT, AND JOHN MASON, 66, PATERNOSTER
In preparing this small volume for publication, the Editor has had two objects in view ; the first is, to rescue from oblivion the names of individuals, whose active services in the church of God, for a long series of years, entitle them to the respect and gratitude of future generations ; or whose private virtues and excellences endeared them, while living, to the religious circle in which they moved, and rendered their remembrance worthy of being perpetuated in the annals of piety.
The next and principal object sought to be attained, is the spiritual and eternal benefit of the living; by furnishing examples of the power and efficacy of Divine grace, in changing and renewing the heart; filling the soul with holy joy; supporting the mind in temptation and affliction; and enabling its possessor to meet death, not merely with philosophic firmness, but with holy transport and Christian triumph. And it is presumed, that the difference of age, circumstances, &c., in the persons whose history is recorded in this volume, while it tends to excite interest by variety, will also greatly enhance its utility, by furnishing some instances of instruction or encouragement to the mind of every reader.
30 AUG 1904
W THEOL SEM LIB
Several of the accounts are necessarily brief, arising from the want of memoranda ; but in every case a faithful use has been made of such documents as could be obtained.
Should the Divine blessing, in any measure, accompany this humble attempt to record the triumphs of redeeming love, the praise and glory shall be cheerfully laid at the feet of Him to whom all praise belongs.
Fisherton, October 19th, 1832.