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INTRODUCTION,

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Though the memory of Robert BARCLAY is not likely to perish, it seems desirable to add one more memorial of him to those already existing : chiefly for the purpose of bringing his life and labours into a narrow point of view; and of furnishing many of his numerous descendants, whose usual avocations do not lead them to the study of his writings and character, with a portrait of their honourable predecessor, that may excite their admiration, engage their esteem, and induce their imitation.

Imitation, indced, as it is not the source of virtue, fo neither can it be virtue's support; yet the examples of pious men in preceding ages are encouragements to the pious of the present, and are a call upon such as have not

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