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VIEWS OF CHARACTER.
A.s a man, an instructer in theology, and a Christian.—Personal comeliness.
Ministerial gifts.—Happy in the choice of his text.—Originality in his plans.
In consenting to write a few paragraphs introductory to this memoir, I am quite aware that I may incur the charge of indelicacy, in seeming to place myself between the public and an individual so much my superior in age, that his highly respectable standing in the church is the subject of some of my earliest recollections. It is due to myself to say, that, in performing this service, I yield my scruples, on the score of delicacy, to the wishes of a venerated friend and father, in whose neighbourhood it has been my privilege to pass several delightful years of my ministry; and, even if the public should not acquit me of a disposition to be obtrusive, it will be some satisfaction to me to have complied with the wishes of one towards whom I entertain so cordial and affectionate a regard.
In the few remarks which I purpose to make, it will be my object to exhibit an outline of the process by which the providence of God usually operates in raising individuals from great obscurity to eminent usefulness in the church; and then to consider some of the lessons which such events are adapted to inculcate.
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