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stles and Evangelists at the same time in my reflexions I have followed a very different course from Mr. Nelson; so that; although occasionally indebted to him for an useful hint or observation, my work in that particular will be found not to interfere with his.
Upon the whole, though nothing can be more distant from my mind than a desire to depreciate Mr. Nelson's work, such considerations, as I have here submitted, may tend to satisfy the reader, that the present undertaking is not an impertinent and needless intrusion upon ground already fully occupied. With that hope I now leave the undertaking to the candid reception of the publick, adopting in conclusion the sentiment and the language of the pious and excellent author, whose work has been the occasion of these remarks. "If there be any such readers, as shall be prevailed upon by my weak endeavours to become more careful and solicitous about the one thing neces
sary;' and shall be persuaded or enabled to improve the Holy Seasons of the Church to the advantage of their souls; let God's holy name have the glory, who was pleased to bless the meanest instrument in so great a work. Let me only beg the favour of their prayers, that when upon such occasions they prostrate themselves at the throne of grace, and approach the holy altars of God, they would in the fervour of their devotions offer up a petition for the unworthy author; that among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, his heart may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found;' and that while he is solicitous about the salvation of others, he may not fall short in securing his own."
R. D. AND C.
Jan. 1, 1828.
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