Excerpt from Sermons and Letters of the Late Rev. Alex. Pringle, D.D: With a Memoir of the Author, by His Surviving Colleague, the Rev. David Young, D.D
About the tenth year of his age, Dr. Pringle was sent to the High School at Dunse, then under the super intendence of Mr. Cruikshanks, a man of creditable scholarship, and somewhat advanced in life. At this seminary he made respectable proficiency in studies preparatory for the University; but it was there also, and probably about the thirteenth year of his age, that his religious impressions became fixed and decided. He used to mention the eighth chapter of the Epistle to the Romans, the fifty-third chapter, and the eighteenth verse of the first chapter of the Prophecies of Isaiah, as portions of the Word of God which then'took a deep hold of his mind. So intense, about this time, was his religious exercise, that, active as he was, it destroyed his relish for youthful recreation; and he used to remain in the school-room to meditate and pray, while his classmates were engaged in games of amusement. In his own Opinion, this was the time when he was first brought to a saving reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ. Ever after this, he used to say, the Lord kept hold of me, amidst many sad declensions on my part.
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