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THE

DUTY OF GIVING AWAY

A STATED PROPORTION OF OUR INCOME.

AN ADDRESS

DELIVERED IN THE VICTORIA HALL, BELFAST,

THE LORD BISHOP OF DOWN, CONNOR, AND DROMORE

IN THE CHAIR.

BY

WILLIAM ARTHUR, A.M.

LONDON:
JAMES NISBET AND CO., BERNERS STREET.

1855,

LONDON

PRINTED BY WILLIAM NICHOLS,

89, LONDON WALL.

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THE DUTY OF GIVING AWAY

volume just one thing can be said, -it is a volume, and a large one; and that is no inconsiderable drawback, in an age that is itself a newspaper. They now intend, by the lighter instrumentality of popular addresses, to press the subject home upon multitudes whom octavos never disturb. By their choice, the lot of commencing this new form of proceeding has fallen upon me; and though, my Lord, in public addresses, I generally feel it to be wrong to spend even a sentence on myself, tonight I am bound to say, that, in the course of my short and humble life, nothing in the way of compliment or honour ever affected me so deeply, as when, after reading the requisition which called me here, I read that remarkable list of names appended to it; names, to more than one of which I had been accustomed, from boyhood, to bow with respect in the distance.

For the practical handling of the subject which is expected from me, I know not, my Lord, that I can do better than attempt to

Explain the duty,
State the grounds whereon it rests, and
Plead for practical attention to it.

When we speak of the duty of giving away a stated proportion of our income, we do not mean that all persons having equal incomes are bound to give away equal sums, however their other circumstances may vary. Power to give away may be modified by three circumstances,-family, locality,

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