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and religion, are dear to man.
present state of the public mind seems to invite this kind of publication. Within a few years “ a mighty army” in Europe and America, have risen in the spirit of Dr. WHEELOCK, to spread the gospel among the heathen. The ministers of religion by their influence, their writings, their labors, have done much in the sacred cause.
Merchants and other opulent friends to the cause of the Redeemer, have like Princes brought their silver and gold to the treasury of the Lord. Missionary Societies are incorporated ; Colleges, and Theological Seminaries are founded ; every considerable section of the glohe is now visited by the Heralds of the Gospel ; the darkest abodes of superstition and idolatry are enlightened by the beams of gospel grace. In such a day the Life of Dr. WHEELOCK appears, to encourage congenial spirits, to give an additional impulse to the public mind.
A great part of the materials for this work were furnished by Dr. John WHEELOCK, the successor of his Father in the Presidency of the College. No doubts concerning their authenticity can be enter, tained. The frontispiece was procured at his expence. The collection of letters in the Appendix may not be the least instructive, or entertaining part of the volume. Those of Dr. WHEELOCK exhibit his ami. able temper and christian spirit without any disguise or coloring. The candid Reader will recollect, that they were generally written in a crowd of business, in great haste, and without any idea of their publication. That these Memoirs may prove favorable to the interests of science and religion, is the devout wish and prayer of the Compilers.
HIS ANCESTORS EDUCATION_SETTLEMENT AT LEBANON ITINERATIONSHIS COMPASSION TOWARDS
The biographies of great and good men are justly ranked among the most useful writings of historians or divines. In the life of a good man we see the practicability of human virtues, their rich consolations, their engaging beauties, their divine rewards. In the examples of a good man, we are demonstratively taught the folly and wickedness of those, who object against self government, strict morality and christian piety. We see scripture purity in real life. In the examples of a good man, we learn the reasonableness and propriety of commands, exhortations and threatenings, to deter men from wickedness. In the experience of a good man, we. learn, that the integrity of the upright will preserve them, that the just man may live by his faith, that to him who hath, more shall be given, and he shall have abundance. Every good man is a witness for God, that revelation is true.