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BY DAVID M-CLURE, D. D., S. H. S.
Pastor of a Church in East Windsor, Con.
ELIJAH PARISH, D. D.
AT THEIR BOOKSTORE, MARKET-SQUARE.
G. NORRIS & Co. Printers.
TO be useful, Biography should bestow. her commendations only on those, who are wise and good. The pages, which in strains of panegyric, celebrate the crimes of Conquerors, who are spreading carnage and misery through the nations, kindle the sparks of a similar ambition, and inflame the most malignant passions in the breast of the Reader.
To preserve from oblivion events and labors, which are deemed beneficial to society is the design of this volume. From early life cherishing the most cordial affection and profound veneration for Doctor WHEELOCK, we could not refuse our feeble aid to make him known to others. More conscious of the inconveniences and embarrassments, under which the subsequent pages were written, we are not less
affected than others with their defects and imperfections. Recoiling from criticism, we console ourselves with the sincerity and disinterestedness of our design. An aversion to apologies forbids us to say more. Should one person by the perusal of these pageș be excited to cherish the spirit and imitate the example of Dr. WHEELOCK; should one person be made wiser, better, or happier, we should enjoy a rich reward.
The late period of publishing this Biography may not be less instructive to the Reader, or less honorable to the Subject. Some persons charm and dazzle their friends while they live ; at death they are deplored'; biographic sketches are published ; their lives are read and forgotten. The excellencies of Dr. WHEELOCK were of another description. He will be tenderly remembered while any are alive, who ever knew him ; his services will be gratefully recollected while civilization, science,