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no intimation of this circumstance was contained in the announcement. But we too frequently find, that it is much easier to làud a virtue than to practice it, and to denounce a vicious principle than to act in opposition to it.
The Essay is now presented to the public by the Author, on his own responsibility, as he originally intended, in the hope that it may not be altogether inefficient, in counteracting the principle of Covetousness, and stimulating the Christian to those noble acts of Beneficence by which physical and moral evil may be prevented, religious society improved, and the world enlightened and regenerated. Having been composed in the course of four or five months, and in the midst of many interruptions and avocations, it is hoped, the critical reader will candidly overlook any slight inaccuracies it may contain.
Should any pecuniary emolument be derived from the sale of this volume, the greater portion of it will be devoted to the purpose of social and religious improvement. BROUGHTY FERRY, near DUNDEE,
necessity of giving more particular attention to the
Section 1. On the operations and effects of covetousness as displayed
Proof of the irrationality of covetousness—from the noble intellec-
inconsistent with love to God, 123—its malignity demonstrated from
The covetous man a thief and robber. He robs his Maker, 133—he
offerings by Josiah, Hezekiah, David, &c. 187–9. 3. Predictions of
millennium, 233. Predictions in relation to this period— by what
affection of the heart, which is incompatible with the indulgence of
secure from misery and calamity, 276. Riches uncertain, as to their
Statements in relation to the condition of the lower classes in Ire-