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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1848, by GEORGE W. BRIGGS,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
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THE following discourses passed almost immediately from the pulpit to the press, and therefore were but slightly revised. Of course, this is no excuse for literary faults, but it will serve to explain them. It has prevented that thoroughness of treatment, and compactness of style, which are desirable in a work of this kind. But, in order to qualify criticism, I would ask that this volume may be received according to its pretensions. I do not offer it as a manual for young women, but as a discussion of certain great principles of life and conduct. It may suggest truths which they will find urged more at length and more minutely in other books.
I have preserved in these discourses the style of the pulpit, the style of direct personal address and temporal allusion. To change this into the more sober and general tone of the essay, would have demanded a labor for which there appears no necessity.