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THE EDITOR'S REMARKS.
We hold the doctrine of a man's responsibility for the sentiments which he publishes, whether they are his own or another's. He is accountable to the community, and will be held accountable at the great tribunal, for the good or the evil they produce. We have had this thought in view in all that we have done to give publicity to Mr. Miller's writings; both in the publication of the Boston edition of his Lectures, and of the numerous Essays and Letters from his pen which have appeared in the “Signs of the Times" during the past year.
Notwithstanding the fears of many, esteemed wise and good, that the effect of this class of writings upon the community would be deleterious; we have, on the contrary, witnessed, as we expected, the most happy results. Their moral and religious influence upon all classes who have given them a candid examination has been most salutary.
We are now induced to add a second volume on similar subjects, with a short memoir of Mr. Miller's life. We send it forth with the fullest assurance of its usefulness to the church and the world. It will be a valuable aid to an understanding of the chronology of his Lectures; as Iso the dictionary of prophetic figures, and principles of interpretation, will be of great service to the biblical student. As it respects the general views of Mr. Miller, we con
er them in the main to be in accordance with the word "God. We do not, however, adopt the peculiarities of any man. We call no man master. Yet we frankly avow
at there is much in his theory that we approve and emil
race as gospel truth. For example : His views of the ral interpretation of the prophecies—The character and inity of Christ, and his personal reign on the earthrestoration of Israel according to the faith of Abraham,
the rejection of the “judaizing notion ” of the return be carnal Jew to Palestine–The true millennium of saints in the resurrection state; and the utter rejection
I. Memoir of William Miller ,
I. An Address to the Believers in the Second Advent near,
WILLIAM MILLER was born at Pittsfield, Mass., Feb. 15, 1782. When he was four years of age, his father removed to the town of Hampton, Washington County, New York, the present residence of Mr. Miller. The country was then new, and his means of education, till nine years of age, were very small. His mother, however, taught him to read, so that when he was sent to the common school, he could read in the Bible, Psalter, and an old Hymn Book, which at that time constituted the whole of his father's library. After his ninth year, he was sent to school three months in the year, till he was fourteen. Dur. ing this time, he was noted by his companions as a prodigy for learning, as they called it, particularly in the branches of spelling, reading, and writing. At the age of fourteen, he became anxious to obtain . books to read. The first history he obtained was Robinson Crusoe ; and the first novel he ever saw was Robert Boyle. He read them with avidity, and being so much interested in them, he read them many times over. He then became still more anxious to obtain books, especially histories and journals of travellers. A number of gentlemen in the vicinity of his father's residence, on being made acquainted with his love of reading, kindly offered him the privilege of their private libraries, which he accepted with much gratitude. From this time till he was twenty-one years of age, he was a most devoted stu