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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1841,
By ORVILLE DEWEY, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District
of New York.
STATIONERS' HALL PRESS.
THE MESSIAH, IN NEW-YORK.
Mr BRETHREN AND FRIENDS,
In anticipation of leaving my pulpit for an absence of two years in Europe, I have collected these out of the mass of Discourses which I have delivered to you, and I beg leave to present them to you, as an expression of that interest in the true and vital prosperity of Religion among you, which neither time nor distance, por parting oceans nor foreign climes, nor any thing else, I trust, can weaken. You will observe, that although it is a volume of Discourses on Human Life, it is scarcely a Series. The discourses were written without any original intention of making a series, and mostly without any reference to each other; and I may therefore need the public indulgence for the occasional recurrence of the same topics of the same ideas—possibly of the same expressions. Such as the Volume is, I conimit it to you, in grateful remembrance of those hours in the sanctuary, where they have been the subject of our common meditations.
Bidding you an affectionate farewell for a season, I am your friend and servant,