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ROBERT CARTER & BROTHERS. In the Cerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District de
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REV. ISAAC FERRIS, D.D., LL.D.
CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK.
REV. AND DEAR SIR
As you suggested to me the superintendence of this edition of Paley's Evidences of Christianity, I beg permis sion to throw the few prefatory remarks I have to make, into the form of a letter to yourself. Dr. Chalmers has recorded his opinion that Paley's work forms, all things considered, the best text-book for students. My own opinion is -and you were pleased to coincide in it—that, not only for academical, but also for popular use, it is one of the best treatises extant upon the External Evidence of our Holy Faith. The argument is not more difficult, and certainly nut less interesting, than that which may be produced by an able advocate in some important trial; and those who earnestly and intelligently peruse discussions of the latter sort, are inexcusable if they recoil from the attentive perusal of a work like the present. As a mere logical study, it is emi. nently beautiful; as an unanswerable demonstration of the truth of Christianity, it is in the highest degree precious.
In my introductory chapter I have endeavored to state