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In the following pages, an attempt has been made to delineate the effects that necessarily follow the introduction into the soul, of a principle characterised as that which overcomes the world;' and which is declared to have its origin direct from God. It is not surprising that such effects should appear extravagant to those who are unacquainted with the powerful principle from whence they proceed ; or that they should regard them with aversion, as the proofs of a
state of mind utterly at variance with their own. The important question, however, is,– Which is indeed the right state of mind ? In attempting to answer this question, the delineation of character has been chosen, as most likely to convey that answer with force and interest to the reader. Those who are acquainted experimentally with the all-powerful principle alluded to, will perceive, that only its most common and universal effects have been ascribed to the characters introduced. If the Reader feels himself still ignorant of its nature, and of its power, it is hoped he may be induced to examine whether it is safe to remain in that ignorance.