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JAMES GALLA HER.
PUBLISHED BY CROCKER AND BREWSTER.
NEW YORK: M. W. DODD.
PHILADELPHIA: WILLIAM L. MARTIEN.
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P R E FACE.
THE articles in the Western Sketch Book are mostly on religious subjects. It was not intended, however, that they should be exclusively so: some of the anecdotes are merely historical ; yet it is hoped that they will convey to the reader valuable information.
In the sketches here furnished of "men and things," great regard has been had to accuracy and truth. The facts stated may be relied on as of the most authentic character. It was the settled purpose of the author, that as an historical record, this publication should occupy the highest ground. There are a few articles of an allegorical cast, given as professed extracts from ancient books which have long since been lost — “the Book of Ahijah "the Shilonite,” “the Book of Nathan the Prophet,” “the Book of the Visions of Iddo the Seer,”' &c. The reader will, of course, understand that the giving of these articles as “extracts," is merely a part of that allegorical or figurative mode of representation which the author has chosen to employ.