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it put her under the necessity of sending each chapter to the press as soon as written; by which the work was deprived of the advantage of being revised and corrected all together previous to its publication.
The only plea she has to offer for her presumption is, the motive which caused it; and for which, if she finds credit, she has no doubt of the indulgence of the public. She willtherefore briefly state what first induced her to commit her observations to paper, and now encourages her to send them to the press.
Having much leisure, and wishing to employ it as usefully as poslible, she some years ago took upon herself the superintendance of one of those private charitable establishments, which have been instituted in various parts of the kingdom, for the increase of religion and encouragement of industry amongst the children of the poor; and that she might perform this voluntary duty so as to make a lasting impression upon the minds of her pupils, she deter
mined attentively to peruse the sacred Scriptures, with the several excellent commentaries, and to intersperse such observations of her own mind as might enable her to fulfil that pleasing duty.
Such being her object, her readers will not, she trusts, be disappointed, should they find the present work rather a selection from the voluminous performances of others, than an original.
To the publications of Poole, Stanhope, Sherlock, and various other learned divines and commentators, she confesses herself indebted for the best part of what she now offers to the public.
These works she would now earnestly recommend to those whose circumstances will enable them to procure such valuable compofitions : but as the lower class of people could neither obtain them, nor afford time for such enlarged studies without neglecting the necessary duties of the station in which it has pleased God to place them, it appeared to the author that the present work might prove useful
to their uninformed minds, until one more perfect shall be brought forward.
Such was the origin of this performance; and her partial, perhaps too partial friends, have encouraged her to believe that others, particularly amongst the younger part of mankind, and also amongst those who undertake similar employments, may derive some benefit from her labor : as, in the pursuit of knowledge for others, she has acquired some edification herself.
Flattered with the idea of contributing, though in ever so slight a degree, to the increase of religious knowledge amongst her fellow-Christians, she humbly submits the following pages to the candor of the public; trusting, that should they find but little to commend, they will, in conside, ration of her motive, forbear censure,
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