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COLLEOTION OF ESSAYS AND FRAGMENTS,
BIOGRAPHICAL, RELIGIOUS, EPISTOLARY, NARRATIVE,
DESIGNED FOR THE PROMOTION OF PIETY AND VIRTUE, TO PRESERTE
USEFUL TO SURVIVORS.
The memory of the just is blessed.-Prod. 2. 7.
John, vi. 12.
CONTENTS OF VOL. I.
John, vi. 12.
FOURTH MONTH, 1831.
PROSPECTUS. WHEN great multitudes flocked to Jesus, with intense desires to see the miracles which he wrought, to be healed of their diseases, or to derive instruction from the heavenly and benign doctrines which he preached, we are informed he « was moved with compassion towards them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd." In a wilderness country, where many of them had come from far and were unprovided with the means of bodily sụstenance, it must have manifested great sincerity in them to continue for three days, when they had nothing to eat. Under such circumstances, inquiry was made among the disciples respecting their stock of provisions, which was found to consist of a very few barley loaves and some small fishes. “But what are they among so many?” was a natural question in reply to the direction of the master Give ye them to eat.” After the necessary preparation of the company, divided into classes of hundreds and of fifties, Jesus took the loaves, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude, and they did all eat and were filled."
In these memorable circumstances, divine love and condescension were conspicuously manifested to the