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LONDON:
PUBLISHED BY EFFINGHAM WILSON, 88, ROYAL EXCHANGE.

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London : S. Bagster, Jur., Printer, Bartholomew Close. PREFACE.

When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth ?" LUKE xvii. 8.

Through the instrumentality of a discourse of which this text was the theme, I was snatched as a brand from the burning, and planted in the true vine, from which alone purity and truth are to be derived.

It is but a short time since I possessed no religion save that which I fancied to be Deism, or rather such a belief of God as would presume to scan the measures of his eternal wisdom by finite reason; and thus, in denying what I had not the spirit to comprehend, was I heedlessly neglecting the “one thing needful” which God imperatively demands that all his creatures should seek. For many years I rioted in those principles which unrestrained reason naturally suggests. At length, without the intervention of misfortune--without having been afflicted by sickness or pecuniary distress, but with a sound body, and a perfect mind, I, as one of those who composed the staff of a Governor in one of our Colonies, was obliged to attend church in my official capacity, and on that occasion, in the short space of an hour, became a convert to Christianity. With an exceeding degree of sorrow for my past offences of unbelief, and with a zeal for the cause of Christ which daily increased, I arrived in England about eighteen months ago,

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