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ALPHABETICALLY ARRANGED, AND INTERSPERSED WITH A VARIETY
OF USEFUL OBSERVATIONS.
BY ASHBEL GREEN, D. D.
SOME TIME PRESIDENT OF PRINCETON COLLEGE.
TWO VOLS. IN ONE
PUBLISHED BY J. C. RIKER, FRANKLIN BUILDINGS.
Sold by J. Leavitt, Collins & Hannay, G. & C. & H. Carvill, H. C. Sleight, White, Gallaher &
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Entered according to act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one, by John C. Riker, in the Clerk's office of the Southern District of New-York.
The Reverend Charles Buck was a Dissenting minister of South Britain, who died a few years since; a man of considerable erudition, of an inquisitive and discriminating mind, and of fervent plety. His most elaborate work was his Theological Dictionary, which has passed through several editions, and is still held in high and just esteem. Besides this he published several volumes of Miscellanies, all of which have a considerable degree of merit, and have had a pretty extensive circulation. But of all his works, that which is here offered to the public, and which forms a part of his Miscellanies, blends the useful with the pleasant, in the greatest degree. Of his "Anecdotes, Religious, Moral and Entertaining, alphabetically arranged and interspersed with a variety of useful observations,” I hesitate not to say, that I know of no work, which more happily unites instruction with entertainment. It requires no effort of the mind to be understood, and can weary no one by a long demand of attention to a particular subject. It cannot be read without interest, and it is, in every part, calculated to leave an impression on the mind favourable to virtue, piety or benevolence. It instructs by example. It can be taken up at a leisure moment, and laid down at pleasure, without leaving a subject unfinished. All who read serious, books at all, I am ready to suppose, would like to have in their possession, such a book as this. It is a book of amuse