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Many of the popular works of the present day, although generally considered innocent, seem calculated to enervate the mind of the reader, and indispose it for perusing the scriptures and other religious books. The “ Anecdotes and incidents,” related in this small volume are interesting, and it is hoped, may be a means of exciting in the youthful reader, a desire to become better acquainted with the history and doctrines of our predecessors ; as well as with the scriptures of Truth; the reading of which, under the influence of the Spirit from which they emanated, has a tendency to solemnize the mind, and direct it to the source and fountain of all good, the Spirit of Grace and Truth in the heart.

New York, 11mo. 1832.

· PREFACE.

In presenting this little selection to the public, the compiler thinks it well to observe, that many of the materials were long ago transeribed for his own improvement--that, in years which are past, he was occasionally in the practice of producing these and many other extracts from the writings of Friends, among the fire-side circle of his intimate acquaintances, and that of late he was induced, at very broken intervals during a time of nuch domestic affliction, to adjust and prepare them for the press. His chief aim, in the first

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