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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854, by
in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
THE Essays and Reviews in this volume are published in this form at the suggestion of others. They have been revised and corrected with such care as I could bestow upon them by having them read to me. Most of them were received favourably at the time when they were first published; and now, after the lapse of many years since they were first presented to the public, they have accomplished a purpose which was never contemplated at the time when they were written—by furnishing occupation when unable, by an afflictive dispensation of Providence, to read or write. I would hope, however, that they may subserve a higher end than this, and that they may do something to diffuse and perpetuate correct sentiments on the various points which are discussed.
Such as they are, they are now submitted to the public. Few men have greater occasion for gratitude for the manner in which their writings have been re
ceived, than I have had; and it is not improper, in this 3