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REV. JAMES RUSSELL, M.A.,

Vicar of Wombridge, Shropshire.

“LINE UPON LINE, LINE UPON LINE; HERE A LITTLE, AND

THETE A LITTLE.”—Isaiah xxvIII., 10.

Crondon:
WILLIAM MACINTOSH, 24, PATERNOSTER ROW.
LEAKE AND EVANS, BOOKSELLERS, SHREWSBURY,

1868.

141. K. 279

PRINTED BY

LEAKE AND EVANS, MARKET SQUARE, SHREWSBURY.

Preface.

THE following pages are presented to the W Christian public, but more especially to my own parishioners and congregation, as a small contribution to the already large and varied devotional literature of the present day; I am hopeful, that the special features of the time,-than which there never has been in the Church's history,– on the one hand, one more busy and active, and on the other, more harassing and distracting, may render this instalment anything but unacceptable.

I am aware that objections may be taken to the fragmentary character of the work; I have, however, designedly made it what it is, intending it to be "a thought book," which may be used as a travelling companion,*-a spiritual “ vade mecum,'

* "Thoughts take up no room ; when they are right, they afford a portable pleasure, which one may travel with, without any trouble or incumbrance."-JEREMY COLLIER.

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