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Rector of Bath Parish, Dinwiddie County, Virginia.
WRITTEN BY HIMSELF,
IN A SERIES OF LETTERS ADDRESSED TO THE
Rev. John Coleman,
One of the Ministers of the Profestant Episcopal Church, in Maryland.
BALTIMORE:C'; ii ori
TO THE READER.
BIOGRAPHY is justly considered one of the most en.' tertaining kinds of ňistory, and if the characters are such as have, through many difficulties, been raised up to great and distinguished usefulness in their day and station, and are eminent for piety and virtue, what can be more interesting or tend more powerfully to excite others to go and do likewise ?
Friendly Reader, you are here presented with a character of this description. This book contains a plain, artless, unadorned account of the life and experience of the Rev. DEVEREUX JARRRATT, who after having served his generation faithfully in his station, now rests from his labors. The memorial of virtue is immortal, it is approved of God and of men,
The manuscript, in his own hand writing, has been in my possession several years before his decease, and es. teemed by me as a treasure of no small value, had it never transpired, but being left with me for publication af ter luis death, I consider it a deposit of too sacred a nature to be neglected.
From some unavoidable circumstances it has been delay. ed longer than I could have wished. In the mean while, pressing solicitations, not a few, have been addressed to me to have it published. I consider it therefore a duty I owe to the public, as well as respect to the memory of a deceased friend and father in Christ, to send it forth into the world, for the instruction of all who may be disposed to read it.
The author's desire has in every particular been comply. ed with. It was printed from the manuscript in his own