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THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBURY 2637863

ASTOR, LENOY AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS 1944

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Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1832, by T. Harries, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern, District of New York."

THOMAS HARRIBS, Printer, 72 Bowery.

INTRODUCTION,

This book is called into being by the voice of friendship. It is a slight memorial which the author would leave behind him to perpetuate his memory among the virtuous and the good. The object of writing it will be obtained if it shall promote generous sentiments, shall elevate the standard of the morality and purify the taste of the reader. To deepen the impressions of a short acquaintance, to rescue from oblivion the labors of hours that have been snatched from the absorbing routine of public duties, and to repeat from the quiet page some thoughts that may have been uttered from the pulpit,

are motives of sufficient strength with the author to induce him to gather up a small volume of fugitive compositions, many

of which have been before presented to the public in various forms and through various channels. Although the subjects may

be diversified, yet the author hopes the unity of one spirit rules in them all-the spirit of kindness to man and love to God,

The noiseless flight of time, which, with hasty wing like a bird of passage, is bound to another clime, renders it most important that what we would do on earth should be done quickly. The track made on the ocean sands by the sea-fowl is not more evanescent than the life of man. The warning of inspiration-work while the day lasts, for the night soon cometh wherein no man can work-is reiterated by the united voices of nature and providence. Whether it be the work of repentance, or of literature, or of art, soon it must be done, or an irrevocable

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