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THERE appears but little occasion for prefatory remark to the following pages. The design of them is sufficiently clear from the Title, and the method of advancing towards the accomplishment of that design is particularly explained in proceeding.
The investigation here submitted, was suggested by providential dispensations which excited peculiar interest in the subject; and it is published with a hope that, under the divine blessing, it may subserve the cause of evangelical truth in general, while it administers relief to those who are mourning over their dead. This hope of the writer has been much encouraged by the Association of Ministers educated at the Hoxton Academy, before whom the substance of the Essay was read, by appointment, at their last Anniversary Meeting.
The sentiments conveyed in these pages are reviewed by the Author with the satisfaction of one, who has aimed at the discovery of truth, and has endeavoured honestly to submit his own impressions to others; who has watched against the seductions of the heart, and has daily implored, with entire dependence, divine assistance for the attainment of his object.
In a path so little trodden, and embracing so wide a circuit, he can scarcely hope that he has no where stumbled; but he does hope that no important mistake has occurred, affecting either the doctrines of Revelation, or the merits of his position.