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this kind, if they are of the right stamp, the better. Moreover, as every man has his circle of acquaintances and friends, so the author has his. Employed in the work of the ministry during the last twenty-one years, and having held the relation of pastor to several congregations both in city and village, there are many families with which his relations have been very intimate. Many have grown up in the domestic circle and in the Sabbathschool, for whom he feels a special interest. He has also witnessed some scenes of sorrow, and heard some tales which have stirred his heart to its very depths,-the saloon and the theatre; the company of the vicious, and the wiles of the strange woman; the infidel, and the abettor of loose sentiments, have lured the young man from his church and his Bible, and have corrupted his principles and hardened his heart; or, enticed by the fascinations of the ball-room, he has begun to spend his leisure hours in those companies, and amid those scenes," where thought is banished, where religion is forgotten, where God and eternity and death are kept out of sight, where conviction is stifled, where conscience is seared, where the heart is hardened, where the good resolutions made in a serious hour are broken, where the young and religiously-trained youth is gradually initiated into irreligion, and where the ruin of millions of immortal souls has been sealed." Often has he seemed to hear a voice crying, “Speak, speak to that young man;" and too often, alas ! has he found that admonition came too late. He therefore takes this opportunity of attempting to offer a word in season, to any who may be willing to listen, but especially to the young men of those families and congregations where he has been welcomed as a pastor.

Another reason for putting this volume to press, is; that a favourable channel for its more extended circulation presents itself. The press from which it issues is the oldest in the United States established for the great purpose of disseminating purely-religious books. It has a list of publications larger than any similar establishment; but among them all, it has none on the plan of this small volume. That the niche was vacant, the topics important, and such as require “ line upon line," it is presumed will not be doubted. How effectively they are here treatėd, is left for others to judge. The author desires the verdict to turn on one single question-Will the book do good?

D. S. KINGSTON, January, 1852.

LECTURES TO YOUNG MEN.

LECTURE I.

DANGERS OF YOUNG MEN.

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion

of fools shall be destroyed.-Prov. xiii, 20.

A SPLENDID steamer, constructed at a cost of many thousand dollars, and prepared with every possible precaution for encountering the hurricanes of the Atlantic, not long since sailed out of the harbour of Liverpool. The weather was fine, the sea calm, and all were promising themselves a safe and speedy passage to their destined port; but scarcely had a few hours elapsed, ere the startling cry was heard, “ Breakers ahead !" and with a shock which made every nerve vibrate, and froze every heart with terror, that noble steamer dashed on shore.

How came that superb vessel, with an experienced captain and a chosen crew, in so perilous a condition? Was it, as some allege, because they had trusted an imperfect chart, on which the dangers were not pointed out with sufficient accuracy, and

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