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The world will be wiser and better, and therefore happier, in proportion as it shall imbibe the spirit of the life and of the prayers of Mr. Henry Thornton. Admirable as have been the examples of excellence which the present generation has been permitted to witness, there has not been perhaps one individual, in the whole number, who manifested in a more striking manner that combination of qualities, which constitutes Christian consistency. His piety was fervent, and yet sober; his liberality was magnificent, and yet discriminating ; his charity was large, and yet not latitudinarian ; his self-denial was rigorous, yet unobtrusive. At one time, there was some hope, that these principlesas embodied, by the grace of God, in his habitual conduct -might have been exhibited to the world by the hand of his dearest and most intimate friend : a life of Henry THORNTON, by WILLIAM WILBER FORCE, would, indeed, have been a legacy of wisdom and piety, which would have enriched many generations. This hope, long cherished, is now finally lost: and the character of Mr. Henry Thornton must, perhaps, be left to be collected from his works;-his original and intellectual powers, from his Essay on Paper Credit, (the publication of which, as Dr. Miller observed in his Philosophy of History, forms an epoch in the history of the science to which it belongs ;)—his views of religion, from the prayers now published, -and from some practical Commentaries on the Old and New Testament, portions of which (complete, though not intended for publication) are now in the press. These, indeed, like the present volume, he drew up for the use of his own family : but it is hoped, that both the Prayers and the Commentaries, while they contribute to illustrate the character of their author, (an object which he certainly never contemplated,) will, also, by the Divine blessing, promote, after his death, the great designs of his life,-the good of his fellow-creatures, and the glory of God.

· R. H. I. BATTERSEA RISE, June 6, 1834.

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FAMILY PRAYERS.

OUR FATHER, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven : Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil : For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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