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vi DEDICATION. But, if you be ignorant of its principles and destitute of its blessings, this zeal and acti- vity cannot be expected. By enlightening your understandings with truth, and by impressing your hearts with the power of religion, we hope to secure your attachment to the cause of God, and to engage your talents and your future influence in its service. Of all books which can be put into your hands, those which relate the labours and sufferings of good men are the most inte- resting and instructive. In them you see orthodox principles, christian tempers, and holy duties, in lovely union and in vigorous operation. In them you see religion shining forth in real life, subduing the corruptions of human nature, and inspiring a zeal for every good work. In them you see the reproaches and persecutions which the servants of God haveendured ; those gracious principles which have supported their minds ; and the course they have pursued in their progress to the