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“ To the law and to the testimony." Isa.
REV. WILLIAM NEVINS, D. D.
Late Pastor of a Church in Baltimore.
PUBLISHED BY JOHN S. TAYLOR,
BRICK CHURCH CHAPEL,
Opposite the City Hall.
D. Fanshaw, Printer.
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1836, by Rufus L. Nevins, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New-York.
The lamented author of the following articles had long mourned over the influence of Romanism, as essentially a political rather than a religious institution-attracting men by its splendid and imposing exterior, to the neglect of that spirituality of heart, without which no man can "see the kingdom of God.” He had made repeated endeavors to engage what he considered abler pens in exposing its absurdities; and at length, as a means of reaching the greatest number of minds, commenced the insertion of brief miscellaneous articles bearing on the subject in a widely circulated weekly newspaper—the New-York Observer-using the signature M. S. the finals of his name. In familiarity of style, kindness and cheerfulness of manner, and plain common sense, they are adapted to secure the attention and carry conviction to the heart of the general reader; while their richness of thought and clearness and conclusiveness of argument will render them not less acceptable to mature and cultivated minds. Finding the reception they met, it was the design of the author to comply with requests from numerous sources entitled to his regard, by himself (when the series should have been somewhat further extended) embodying them in a volume; but the failure of his health and the early close of his valuable life prevented the fulfillment of that design. They are now given to the public in accordance with general suggestions of the author, but essentially in the form in which they at first appeared.