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From Rev. Tryon Edwards, D. D., of New London, Conn. What the original Pilgrim's Progress did for Christian experience, this has endeavored to do for the external history of religion in this country, for the last thirty years. It is a work of ingenuity, industry, and talent; combining the depth of a profound discussion, with the interest of a personal narrative. As a faithful record of history, a strong defence of truth and order, a skilful discrimination between the true and false in religious doctrine and experience, and a portraitlike description of men and events, it is worthy of high commendation.

From Reo. Aloan Cobb, of Taunton, Mass. I have been much delighted with the ability, clearness, and conclusiveness, of the discussions in this work. I am astonished that so much doctrinal, practical, and experimental knowledge, together with such conclusive reasoning against the numerous heresies and delusions of the day, should be thrown into so small a volume. The author has presented a faithful testimony in favor of the disinterested nature of true religion, and against the deceitful and deleterious forms of selfishness, with which our times abound. I deem the book one of the most sensible and useful productions of the age. To the true friends of Zion, who have been familiar with American reyivals, and the very different means used to promote them, especially during the last twenty-five years, this last effort of a much beloved and deeply lamented brother in Christ, will be welcomed with warm emotions of heart. The colloquial discussions on “bodily agitations, nervous affections, mesmerism, witchcraft, capital punishment, fairs, light reading, comic pictures, interperance, slavery, theatres, Sabbath breaking," and numerous other topics of interest, are admirable. The author, though dead, yet speaketh to the churches with a warning voice, and with words of truth and soberness.

From Rev. Dr. Cooke, Editor of the N. E. Puritan. The central design of the work is to preserve the purity and power of revivals of religion, by guarding against the errors, delusions, and hurtful measures that tend to corrupt them. It is written in imitation of the style of Bunyan; and real characters, with allegorical names, are introduced, and important principles and measures are discussed. The author seems to have daguerreotyped all the remarkable scenes and characters that have attained special notoriety in connection with American revivals, for the last twenty-five years. Real names are not used; but so much of likeness is thrown into the picture, that the names would be superfluous. And he has attained the rare merit of a very entertaining book, made up of discussions of subjects which ordinarily have few attractions, except for Christians of more discriminating minds. The subjects which come under notice are vital to the progress of true religion; and the author's method of discriminating between the true and the false in religion, is so graphic, that the reader cannot miss his meaning, nor fail to be interested. But while revivals of religion are the main theme of the book, it is by no means confined to these. The labor of distinguishing between true and false religion is carried out with a masterly hand, in its relations to all the main doctrines and experience of Christianity. The work, in short, is adapted to a broad field of use

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fulness, by the side of that of the works of Edwards on kindred subjects.

As a specimen of the author's painting to the life, we might refer to the portrait which he has drawn of Dr. Nettleton. Yet this is not a mere portrait to be admired; but set, as it is, in contrast with opposite characters, it is made to give living instruction. A wide circulation of this book would be a good work for our churches.

From Red R. S. Storrs, D. D., of Braintree, Mass. If the Pilgrim's Progress in the Nineteenth Century has less attractiveness for the mass of minds than the model work of Bunyan, an abundant compensation is found in the thoroughness of its discus. sions, and the clearness with which it brings out the distinguishing points of evangelical doctrine, in connection with their practical results. It is not, however, deficient in the lighter attractions of a flowing style and beautiful imagery, combined with various and apt illustrations. But its chief excellence lies in its happy adaptation to the times in which we live in the freedom and force with which it maintains the truth of God, and exposes the nakedness of formalisın, rationalism, fanaticism, perfectionism, and other antagonistical forms of error.

Even if unprepared to youch for the correctness of each and every point in the theorizing of the author, yet any intelligent and spiritually-minded man will readily identify the great positions he holds, with the oracles of God. In a word, the work, as a whole, is admirable, and promises more usefulness, as a source of comfort to believers, of alarm to hypocrites, of restraint to fanatics, and of con. fusion to the open enemies of the cross, than any other work of modern times, on the characteristics of "pure and undefiled religion," that has fallen in my way.

From Rer. Jacob Ide, D. D., West Medway, Mass. I have read, with great satisfaction, a part of the Pilgrim's Progress of the Nineteenth century, -enough to give me a very favorable impression of the whole work. If what I have not read is of equal value with that part to which I have paid particular attention, (and I have no doubt it is,) the book is one of rare excellence. Written with great ability, it evinces not only the talents, the learning, and the piety of the distinguished author, but the close attention he paid to The state of religion in our country, and the deep solicitude he felt in respect to the agencies which tend to promote or hinder its advancement. Though this book contains many chapters upon subjects which are generally considered dry and abstruse, yet it is rendered both entertaining and instructive. The accuracy with which the author discriminates between true and false doctrine, between genuine and spurious reyivals, and between scriptural and unscriptural measures for the promotion of religion, cannot fail to guard the church against a host of errors which have prevailed both in doctrine and practice. I am not personally acquainted with all the facts to which allusion is made in the work, nor with all the men whose principles and measures are here depicted; but so far as I do know them, I can testify to the truthfulness and pertinency of the statements. In my view, there is at the present time as much need of such a work as this, as there was of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress at the period in which he wrote ; and I cannot think it a vain hope that it may yet do as much good as that immortal work has done.



From Rev. Dr. Woodbridge, Hadley, Mass. As a scholar, a metaphysician, a sound, discriminating theologian, amiable in character, and decided in conduct, amidst great temptations to instability, Dr. Weeks attained to an eminence which comparatively few have enjoyed. I hardly know when I have met with a work at once so entertaining, so practical, and so instructive, as his Pilgrim's Progress. By it the learned and ingenious author, though dead, yet speaketh ; and I cannot but hope, that by means of its wide circulation, he will speak to many thousands, for the establishment of Christians in the faith once delivered to the saints, and the promotion of the cause of truth, sound morals, and evangelical piety.

From Rev. Dr. Emerson, Andover, Mass. - If the other chapters of this work are equal to the first eighteen which I have read, I think it one of the most interesting and instructive books that have appeared in our day, and well worthy of a place in every Christian family. If not so comic as Bunyan's, it seems equally adapted to the plain common sense of all classes of men, and teaches the deep things of religious doctrine and Christian experience in their close connections and most intelligible forms.

From Rev. Dr. Eddy, Newark, N. J. From an intimate acquaintance with Dr. Weeks for the last thirteen years, I am free to say, that I have seldom met a man of clearer perceptions, of a more discriminating mind, or one more alive to the purity and prosperity of the church. He was a true friend to revivals of religion, and regarded every scriptural means of their promotion with the deepest interest. The method which he has taken to commend his own views of truth, and to review what he regarded as errors in doctrine, and as unscriptural means to promote revivals of religion, is well adapted to secure an attentive perusal of his work. And those who may differ from him on some minor points will accord great merit to his book. It fills a place wholly unoccupied by any other work; and I am confident it will be regarded, by the friends of truth and order, as calculated to be eminently useful.

From Wm. B. Kinney, Editor of Newark Sentinel. The learned and lamented author of the posthumous work now before us, adopting the form of Bunyan's allegory, has admirably used it to elucidate the history and course of religious opinion and practice in this country during the past thirty years. By taking his Pilgrims along the same general path pursued by Bunyan, he brings them into contact with many familiar delusions and follies, which are discussed and exposed in easy colloquial discourse, and with remarkable ability. Readers who remember any thing of the fanatical and virulent excitements which prevailed in various parts of the State of New York a few years ago, the effects of which were felt even here, will be specially struck with his graphic account of them and the chief actors concerned. The style is singularly pure and agreeable, and the reader is pleasantly beguiled into the discussion of the profoundest truths that can occupy the human mind.

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