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it put her under the neceffity of sending each chapter to the press as soon as written; by which the work was deprived of the advantage of being revised and corrected all together previous to its publi
The only plea fhe has to offer for her prefumption is, the motive which caused it; and for which, if fhe finds credit, fhe has no doubt of the indulgence of the public. She will therefore briefly flate what firft induced her to commit her obfervations to paper, and now encourages her to fend them to the prefs.
Having much leisure, and wishing to employ it as usefully as poffible, fhe fome years ago took took upon upon herself the superintendance of one of those private charitable establishments, which have been inftituted in various parts of the kingdom, for the increase of religion and encouragement of industry amongst the children of the poor; and that he might perform this voluntary duty fo as to make a lafting impreffion the minds of her pupils, fhe deter
mined attentively to perufe the facred Scriptures, with the several excellent commentaries, and to intersperse fuch obfervations of her own mind as might enable her to fulfil that pleasing duty.
Such being her object, her readers will not, fhe trufts, be disappointed, fhould they find the present work rather a selection from the voluminous performances of others, than an original.
To the publications of Poole, Stanhope, Sherlock, and various other learned divines and commentators, fhe confeffes herfelf indebted for the best part of what she
now offers to the public.
These works fhe would now earnestly recommend to thofe whofe circumstances will enable them to procure fuch valuable compofitions but as the lower class of people could neither obtain them, nor afford time for fuch enlarged ftudies without neglecting the neceffary duties of the ftation in which it has pleafed God to place them, it appeared to the author that the present work might prove useful
to their uninformed minds, until one more perfect shall be brought forward.
Such was the origin of this performance; and her partial, perhaps too partial friends, have encouraged her to believe that others, particularly amongst the younger part of mankind, and also amongst those who undertake fimilar employments, may derive fome benefit from her labor: as, in the pursuit of knowledge for others, she has acquired fome edification herself.
Flattered with the idea of contributing, though in ever fo flight a degree, to the increase of religious knowledge amongst her fellow-Christians, she humbly submits the following pages to the candor of the public; trufting, that should they find but little to commend, they will, in confide, ration of her motive, forbear cenfure,
THE KING, twenty-four copies
Her Royal Highness the PRINCESS ROYAL, fix copies
Lady Afgill, 2 copies
Hon. David Anftruther
Rev. Mr. Adams
Mrs. Arnot, 3 copies
- Anftie, efq.
Edward Martin Atkins, efq. Mrs. Anstie
James Bell, efq.
Maitland Arnot, efq. 3 copies
Mrs. Burgh, 2 copies
Her Grace the Dutchefs of Mr. B. Burgh
Marquis of Blandford
Marchionefs of Blandford
Sir Harry Burrard, bart. Mrs. Berresford
Mifs M. Burrard
C. Bowles, efq.
Mrs. Bromfield, 2 copies
- Bloxham, efq.
Rev. Mr. Bowen
Mifs Charlotte Burgh
Rev. James Berresford
-Berners, efq. 3 copies
Rev. Michael Beydon
Rev. Mr. Burleigh