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BOSTON:
JAMES B. DOW, PUBLISHER.

LOUISVILLE, KY.:
MORTON & GRISWOLD.

1843.

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

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Entered according to the act of Congress, in the year 1835, by W. MARSHALL & CO, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of

the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

PREFACE.

FORASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set forth forms of prayer to be used on various occasions, it will not, it is hoped, be thought improper, that the author of this little book should offer it to the public. Should it be thought that what renders this attempt warrantable makes it unnecessary, it should be considered, that the Prayers which have been published, though numerous, and many of them excellent, are so limited in regard to the occasions for which they are intended, that none of them with which I am acquainted are adapted to all the purposes for which these are designed. Many of our people, of our clergy especially, have long felt the want of a manual containing prayers suitable for all the occasions on which they are needed, and for which our church has not made particular and full provision. We have in print many excellent forms of prayer for visiting the sick, and for family worship—for the latter especially; and on this subject we have no want of more. other important occasions of frequent occurrence we have few; and on some, for which

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