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ASTOP, !ENOX AND
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864,
BY POE & HITCHCOCK,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the
Southern District of Ohio.
THE germ of this volume was a series of lectures de. livered, some years ago, to the students of Amenia Seminary. The purpose of the author was to present, in a popular and yet in a sufficiently scientific manner, certain topics concerning the Nature and Destination of Man, not usually treated upon in ordinary sermonizing, but which are ever rife in the young intelligence. The interest they awakened, as delivered, we hope may be taken as giving some assurance that they will not be wholly without interest written. To the young gentlemen and ladies, who listened to them in the day of their student life with kindly approbation, and who are now with manly and womanly vigor bearing the burdens and discharging the duties of life, for which they then received nurture and trainingthese thoughts will come as living souvenirs of the past.
The main design of these lectures was to guard the minds of especially the young, against the materialistic tendencies of the age, and to confirm them in the faith that has been with us from the beginning. They comprise topics of the highest moment, showing that "our great immortality” entered into all the plans of the Creator in relation to man. They show that spirit is as really and truly a substance as matter, and that our individuality is to remain unimpaired forever. In the line of these discussions, skepticism is met at some of the points where its
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