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Gleanings from his Portfolio
IN PROSE AND VERSE.
No. 316 CHESTNUT STREET.
NEW YORK: No. 147 NASSAU ST.
LOUISVILLE: No. 103 FOURTH ST.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855, by the
AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of
AF No books are published by the AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION without the sanction of the Committee of Publication, consisting of fourteen members, from the following denominations of Christians, viz. Baptist, Methodist, Congregational, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Reformed Dutch. Not more than three of the members can be of the same denomination, and no book can be published to which any member of the Committee shall object.
THERE is a natural desire in the mind to become acquainted with those who have instructed and delighted us by their writings; and the feeling of curiosity is the stronger when a mysterious disguise has been thrown over their persons and social position. Many have been the inquiries, “Who is Old Humphrey ?” and not a few have been the ingenious devices to penetrate the vail which he had modestly drawn around him. While living, there were reasons why he should have been unknown; but now that he has laid down his pen and passed from scenes of useful labour, the vail may be raised, that those who admired his cheerful and godly counsels may be permitted to cherish the memory of his name with affectionate respect. There is