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TREATISE ON CONVERSION.
GEORGE REDFORD, D:D.U.L.D.
BY THE AUTHOR OF "THE ANXIOUS INQUIRER AFTER SALVATION
DIRECTED AND ENCOURAGED."
AND BY THE BOOKSELLERS.
INTRODUCTION by the Rev. J. A. James
The following work, on the most momentous of all subjects, and written by no obscure or unskilled author, needed not to be heralded into public notice by me, or by any one else; but it was deemed probable, both by the Religious Tract Society, and my friend Dr. Redford, that, as I had become somewhat known as the writer of “ The Anxious Inquirer after Salvation Directed and Encouraged," and as I had suggested the idea of the present work to my friend, I might do good service by calling public attention to a treatise, so well calculated as this is, to awaken the solicitude, which, in many cases, God, in his infinite condescension, has enabled me to guide and to relieve.
Reader, whoever you are whose eye shall read these pages, you have, indeed, just cause for anxiety, whether you feel it or not. Did you ever, in serious moments, and in a serious manner, ask such questions as these : " What am I? Whence came I : Who sent me here? What is my business in this world? What is to become of me when I go hence ?" If not, why not? To say nothing of religion, does not reason press such inquiries on your attention? You find yourself in existence, possessing a rational soul; you know you cannot remain here long, and must soon go and lie down in the grave with your forefathers; but does your history end there? Is there no world beyond the tomb ? There is : reason suggests it; revelation proves it. Yes; you are not only mortal, but immortal. IMMORTALITY! What a word! what a thing! Did you ever revolve it ? A deathless creature, an everlasting existence! Such is