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BY SHARON TURNER, F.S. A. & R. A. S. L.,
Author of "The History of England," " The History of the Anglo-Saxons," &c. &c.

Vol. I

NEW-YORK:

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PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY J. & J. HARPER,

NO. 82 CLIFF-STREET,

AND SOLD BY THE PRINCIPAL BOOKSELLERS THROUGHOUT

THE UNITED STATES.

1833.

DIVINITY SC

PVARD UNIVE

PREFACE.

Forty years ago the author felt the want of a book like that which is now offered to the public in the following pages. At that period of his life he wished a selected and concentrated view of such facts and reasonings on the creation, intellectual design, and divine economy of the world we inhabit, as would correspond with the other knowledge he was acquiring; and which at the same time should be so conceived and shaped as to suit the modern topics and style of thought and reasoning, in which the philosophical subjects that interested him were beginning to be presented. Finding none at that time so collected and represented as to satisfy his young curiosity, or sufficiently adapted to meet the ideas and difficulties that were arising around him, he was obliged to make such outlines of this great subject, for his own information, as occasional studies and opportunities enabled him to form. Amid these sketches for his private use, a latent desire insensibly occurred to attempt at some part of his life to supply, for the service of others who should participate in these sentiments, what he found to be necessary for his own satisfaction. Gradually this wish increased into a more determining purpose, and has, as other motives concurred, produced the resolution in his mature age of endeavouring, for the benefit of younger minds who may reason and feel as he did, to arrange

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