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PLEASING EXPOSITOR;

OR,

ANECDOTES ILLUSTRATIVE OF SELECT PASSAGES

OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.

BY JOHN WHITECROSS,
AUTHOR OF ANECDOTES ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE ASSEMBLY'S

SHORTER CATECHISM.

NEW-YORK,
PUBLISHED BY JONATHAN LEAVITT, 182 Broadway.-BOSTON,

CROCKER & BREWSTER, 47 Washington-street.

1831.

JOHN T. WEST & CO., PRINTERS 12-31-1931

PREFACE.

Many persons will perhaps be ready to acknowledge that, while almost the whole of a sermon, or other discourse, has been forgotten, some striking incident related in it, besides making a peculiar impression at the moment, has been long afterwards remembered. In the course of reading New Testament Scripture in a family or school, the parent or teacher is furnished, in the present work, with an anecdote or two, under each chapter, by relating which, he may fix and enliven the attention of his children or pupils, and, at the same time, by agreeable associations, impress the passages illustrated more deeply on their youthful recollections. The publication, though chiefly intended for the benefit of the young, may not, however, be uninteresting to more advanced readers.

The author is sensible that the anecdotes are not all of equally direct bearing on the passages to which they are applied. This in any case could not reasonably be expected, and more particularly as the compiler has been precluded from the use of upwards of five hun

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