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PRINTED BY W, BAXTER.
THE following Memoir is offered to the public, as it appeared shortly after the death of the exemplary youth, to whom it relates. A fictitious narrative might attempt to set forth an imaginary pattern of perfection, or to throw the charm of genius round the virtues of a Christian character. Such is not the object of the present publication. Religion does not want the casual patronage of a romantic imagination; the light of Heaven needs not the candle of human intellect to display its brightness.
Some of the opinions, which are expressed in the early part of the following pages, may be looked upon by
many as weak prejudices. But the spirit of reverence and of order which pervades the whole character, described here rather by its living representation than its abstract qualities, may lead us to esteem even what we do not think proper to imitate.
Some virtues which the present age is too apt to treat with neglect, or even contempt, and habits, the present existence of which is unknown to the worlda, are here exemplified. They are offered not for servile imitation, but for serious consideration. With respect to the letters, the age of the writer must always be kept in view, as nothing has been altered, and nothing omitted from the original edition, excepting a copy of verses by a schoolfellow, which did not appear worth reprinting.
a Is it not a common question, “ Does any one fast now?"
The remarks of Bp. Beveridge on Christian Education are subjoined, both for their own intrinsic value, and on account of the pastoral connection of their Author with the mother of Ambrose Bonwicke. That such teachers and such learners may be multiplied in the Church, is the earnest desire and prayer of