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INTENDED FOR THE USE OF ALL WHO ARE IN DISTRESS,

WHETHER IN MIND, BODY, OR ESTATE.

BY THOMAS H. WALKER.

To be above the stroke of the passions is a condition equal to angels;
to be in a state of sorrow without the sense of sorrow is a disposition
beneath beasts ; but duly to regulate our sorrows, and bound our
passions, under the rod, is the wisdom, duty, and excellency of a
christian.”-FLAVEL.

LONDON;
J. MASON, 14, CITY-ROAD ;
SAXTON, SHEFFIELD; OGLE, BOLTON ;

AVERY, BARNSTAPLE.

MDCCCXXXIX.

601 .

PRINTED BY W. AVERY, JOURNAL OFFICE, BARNSTAPLE.

PREFACE.

A DESIRE to promote the best interests of his fellow creatures, is the motive which has governed the life of the Author for more than thirty years: this motive originated the following essays, and impressed upon them their present character. They are sent into the world with the hope that they may prove serviceable to a class of persons with whom the writer has long been accustomed to sympathize, not only from the influence of christian principle, but also from a fellow feeling, arising from a lengthened personal experience in the school of affliction, commencing almost with the infancy of his being, and associating with it some of his dearest and tenderest connexions. Beyond this design he claims no merit, and expects no fame.

“In every book observe the writer's aim,” is a rule by which criticism ought ever to be regulated. The design of the following pages, the Author persuades himself, has been rendered unquestionable ; on this point he feels no misgivings; and he is satisfied that there is so much of candour and piety abroad, “that the design of the work,” to use the words of Bishop Patrick, “is sufficient to give it protection, if it cannot

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