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OF THE

CHRISTIAN RELIGION,

AND OF HISTORY

AS CONNECTED WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF CHRISTIANITY,

AND WITH ITS PROGRESS TO THE PRESENT TIME.

INTENDED PRIMARILY

FOR THE USE OF YOUNG PERSONS, OF EITHER SEX,

DURING THE COURSE OF

PUBLIC OR OF PRIVATE EDUCATION.

By THOMAS GISBORNE, A. M.

" Jesus saith to Peter; Simon, son of Jonas, lovelt thou me ?-He faith
" unto Him, Yea, Lord; Thou knoweA that I love thee. Jesus faith unto
“ Him, Feed my Lambs."

JONN, xxi. 15

THE THIRD EDITION, CORRECTED.

LONDON:

Printed by A. Stratan, Printers-Strzet;
FOR T. CADELL JUN. AND W. DAVIES IN THE STRAND.

1801.

.BR

120 .652 1801

TO THE REVEREND

BENJAMIN HEATH, D.D.

FELLOW OF ETON COLLEGE, ETC.

DEAR SIR,

IF I venture to affert that more than customary attention might advantageously be allotted, and ought to be allotted, to the inculcation of Christian principles and knowledge on the youth of this country; let me not be thought desirous of loading their instructors with harsh and indiscriminate cenfure.

My own personal experience might lead me to a more equitable conclusion. Nearly fix of the earlier years of my education were consigned to the care of a clergyman (a); whose life exemplified the religious lessons, which he endeavoured to impress on his pupils. The years intervening between private tuition and the university were passed at the very eminent public

to) The Rev. John Pickering, of Mack worth near Derby. 42

school,

school (b), over which you then presided. I recollect with pleasure that the head class, which was under your immediate superintendence, was regularly occupied during one morning in the common days of the week in the study of some book of a religious nature. Nor was this the only effort pointed to the fame end in the conduct of the school. But I fear that many young perfons, if summoned from seminaries of repute to a public examination, would give a better account of the fabled wanderings of Ulyffes and. Æneas than of the heaven-direcied journeyings of Moses and Saint Paul; and would display a more intimate acquaintance, with the fortunes of Athens and Rome, than with the historical progress of a religion designed to be their supreme comfort and guide through life, and the means of acquiring eternal happiness.

The principal fault, when faults exist, is not in the preceptor, but in the parent. The former is to water the plant; the latter must fow the seed. But how often does the parent limit his concern for the best interests of his children to the decorum of mere morals : without impressing on their minds, perhaps without

(b) Ar Harrow on the Hill.

feeling

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