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DEDICATION.

To your Excellencies, viz: ex-Presidents ANDREW JACKSON,

MARTIN VAN BUREN, John Tyler, and Bishops ONDERDONK

and Huges, this work is here very ceremoniously inscribed. It will strike all minds acquainted with this work, and with you, that there are no personages in North America, so worthy of a dedication of a work of this kind, as yourselves. All of you have preached, and harrangued, for many years, to the members of the vast congregation, for which these sermons are designed; and all of you have stoutly professed to wish well to asses.

If I have offended your excellencies, by encroaching upon your employment, it is fit I should beg your pardon, or offer some apology; but as I have often seen your public declarations, that there was plenty of work for you, and hundreds more in that line of business, I trust you will not be offended at receiving a little assistance from one, who means well to every member of each of your congregations.

Cherishing the hope, that you will recommend these sermons to your numerous acquaintances and friends, I am,

Your most humble servant,

THE AUTHOR.

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CRITICAL NOTICES
of the “ First Edition" of " Things, NEW AND Old, viz:

From the Pittsburgh Telegraph, of Oct. 13, 1847. REVIEWS OF THEOLOGICAL AND CIVIL HISTORY. MR. Editor,- I had the pleasure to hear a Review, given by Rev. Prof. Welles, in the church of Rev. Mr. Fulton, last Sabbath evening, and feel strongly desirous that he should be encouraged to give a course to our citizens, in one of our churches; as I am confident that intelligent and critical hearers would be highly entertained and improved by attending. I well know that his Reviews have been spoken of in the strongest terms of commendation by gentlemen in the highest walks of literature, taste, science and theology in our country.

A FRIEND TO HISTORICAL RESEARCHES. From the “ Portland Bulletin” and “New York Christian Intelligencer,"

respecting the Reviews, referred to above, entitled

“ THINGS NEW AND OLD." The New York Christian Intelligencer, in noticing the excellent (we came very near writing eccentric,) work with the above title, lately published by William Hyde, of this city, makes the following just remarks, concerning its merits:

“ This octavo, of 260 pages, consists of eight very remarkable sermons on very striking texts of Scripture. The contents are in keeping with the title page, as above given. The author, as appears from the preface, has numbered nearly three score and ten years. But no one who reads his book will readily be persuaded that time has in the least impeded the current of his thoughts. The structure of his mind is peculiar. His book is remarkable for pith, wit and pungency; also for the great variety in its contents. It displays the very ardent temperament of the author, who has a mind of his own, and expresses it, not only freely, but with characteristic severity. His views of things, civil and ecclesiastical, are very prominently and impressively presented. The curions reader may be aided in forming some idea of this singular book, by taking the Bible, and turning to some of the passages selected as the subjects of discourse. The first of these is recorded in Gen. xlix. 14. Another is that in Numbers xxii. 21-30.”

We conclude this brief notice in the truthful words of the author :“ Though there may be some things that seem to savor a little of the ludicrous in these sermons,” [and we may add, some things which the sober reader will regret,] “yet he may rest quite assured that he will find also some very serious things, highly worthy of his notice."

By Dr. Cheever, in “ New York Evangelist.“ Things New AND Old." By a descendant of one of the old Puri

tanic Governors. E. Collier. This is a strange work; but under its uncouth and fantastic garb contains the most timely truths, which many besides this honest Puritan have felt, but none dared express so plainly. A more out-spoken, unflinching picture of the times, and of the real causes of the dark aspects of things we have never seen; and the reader, if he will overlook the oddity, sometimes whimsical, and sometimes tedious, will find thoughts and counsels not only worth his trouble, but also worth cherishing.

From the Portland Bulletin of April 21, 1845. “'Things NEW AND OLD." A Boston lady of uncommon talents, who is known as an authoress, being the other day in the store of the publisher, spoke in terms of very high commendation of this volume—as in her view," one of the most iuterestjny and exciting productions, she had met with.” Every family should have a copy. They will have in addition to a volume of most interesting and important matter, in relation to their highest interests, a frontispiece-engraving, exhibiting good likenesses of the heads, in a most admirable group, of Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, Bishop Onderdonk, and Bishop Hughes; which, alone, to per. sons of intelligence and taste, who have never seen those personages, will be worth more to keep to look at, than the cost of the volume, viz; $1 50.

ONE MORE.-Said a “ Down East" Editor, “We take this work, as designed for an effectual cure of the popular diseases (errors) of the day.

Another says “ The Author of this work has hit upon the right characters."

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