Excerpt from Life Thoughts for Young Men
Evening lectures, delivered to the young men of the author's pastoral charge. Their presentation in the present form is owing to the repeated solicitation of ministers and others who heard them, and a desire that they may secure a wider field of inﬂuence than was at first contemplated. I entertained no thought of publishing them until one-half of them had been delivered, and even now, if my own fame were the highest consideration, I should not suffer them to see the light. They are not without many defects, and no one can be so conscious of these as the author himself; but no time has been allowed me for that finish and clearness of statement which would com mend them to the cultivated. More than the half of them appear precisely as they were first written and delivered. Though commenced in, and continued through midsummer, they had a large hearing, and were not without gratifying results at the time. I have thought that in this time, when so many inﬂu ences are at work Which are designed to Vitiate the lives of young men especially, a book with an aim so specific might be regarded as timely. If it.
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