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ENTERED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS, IN THE YEAR 1833, BY THE REV. C. E. GADSDEN, IN THE CLERK'S OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT COURT OF SOUTHCAROLINA. *

* The proceeds are to be appropriated to the benefit of the Sunday School Society of St. Philip's Church, Charleston.

PREFACE.

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No species of reading is so interesting as Biography. None can be more instructive, and more useful, when its subject is a good man. The goodness of the individual now before us, was reflected from a variety of stations. It has guided and quickened a number of persons, both of the clergy and the laity, among the young and the mature. And shall the benefit be confined to his cotemporaries? Is it not right to attempt to embalm his excellence? If these pages shall reflect a few only of the rays which beamed from his living example, the author will be glad and thankful. It may be said that the Sermons of Bishop Dehon, now before the public, sufficiently illustrate his character. It is indeed true, that his distinguishing virtues exhibit themselves in his writings; and that we trace there the strength and tendencies of his mind, and the extent and variety of his attainments. But there are delicate features of the heart which are developed by occurrences; and there are valuable opinions, not only on life and manners, but respecting religion, for expressing which the Sermons afforded no opportunity. In our volume are several of his papers

which have not until now been published ; and, may I be permitted to add, some particulars stated, which were known to a few persons only. The public will judge whether the author has overrated their value.

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