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time has been above the writer's reach ; and too often, when the opportunity has been presented, he was labouring under the incapacity of dejec
tion and reluctance.
This delay, far more grievous to the author himself than disappointing to others, has furnished the principal motive for publishing the present volume alone. Its contents, also, are not necessarily connected with the subsequent matter: the scripture testimonies adduced in this volume converge to one point, which, though it will receive additional light from the evidence that is to follow, yet forms, of itself, a clear and independent argument. It was, in some degree, a further reason for the separate publication, that the author might give a pledge of his intention, in dependence on the blessing of God, to complete his design, with the least possible delay, by the INves
TIGATION OF THE NIEW TESTAMENT EVIDENCE.
But scarcely has he sent the last sheets to the press when all his other feelings are swallowed up in one keen distress. He had a son, the joy of his heart, and the object of many a delightful though trembling anticipation. When those anticipations were beginning to be realized; when he was just stepping into the place of an associate and a friend : when his character and attainments were opening to prospects of exquisite gratification; in the very fulness of life, health, and vigour; it has pleased the All-wise and Righteous Sovereign to take him from the arms of his agonized
parents, by a sudden and overwhelming stroke.—”
“Non sum ambitiosus in malis, nec augere lacrymarum caussas volo : utinamdue esset ratio minuendil Sed dissimulare qui possum, quid illi gratiae in vultu, quid jucunditatis in sermone, quos ingenii igniculos, quam præstantiam placidae mentis ostenderit 3–Tuosne ego, O meae spes * PHILIP HENRY SMITH died, after an acute illness of
scarcely four days, July 8, 1818, having lately completed his
inanes, labentes oculos, tuum fugientem spiritum vidio Tuum corpus frigidum, exsangue com
plexus, animam recipere, auramdue communem
haurire amplius potuit—"f
But, though the bereaved and sorrowing writer can so justly borrow these lamentations, he cherishes a HoPE which that illustrious mourner never knew. **. - * ... • *
To the reader who is not a father, an apology may be due for obtruding the mention of domestic woe: but, should he not approve, he will view, as, at least, a pardonable weakness, the wish to
preserve a painful yet precious remembrance.
* Quintilian. Inst. Lib. vi. Prooem.