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If thou wouldst keep from disorder,
Book of Good Devices may very reason
ably demand attention and acceptance
from those that have any impressions of the most reasonable religion upon them.” So
wrote Dr. Cotton Mather, in his famous “Essays to do Good,” which were so highly spoken of by Benjamin Franklin.
The idea of the present volume was suggested by this remark; and in it the Editor has endeavoured to gather together, for the guidance and edification of youth, the opinions and experiences of eminent men, esteemed for their piety, patriotism, and wisdom, or famed for their commercial success and practical knowledge of every-day life.
The object of the Editor has been to select such passages from the writings of the authors here
Commit thy way unto the Lord.
Curb thy desires.