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BY OLIVER A. TAYLOR,
No. 9 Corphill.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1832, by PEIRCB & PARKER, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
The first object of this work is to make the public acquainted with the life and character of the learned, pious, and eloquent F. V. Reinbard of the last generation, for more than twenty years Chiel-Court Preacher at Dresden. It is divided into two paris.
The first comprises bis letters or confessions, in which he gives an account of his education for the sacred ministry, and a general criticism of his serinons. These letters were occasioned by a review of some of his works in the Hall. Lit. Zeit., and written during the winter evenings of 1809–10. They have passed throagh several editions, of which, however, I have seen only the first. While translating Reinhard's Plan of the Founder of Christianity, I became much interested in these letters ; and deeming them an excellent piece of autobiography, I thought they would constitute an acceptable present to the public; and having consulted a friend, upon whose judgment I relied, who had also read them, and ascertained the coincidence of his views with my own in these respects, I prepared them for the press.
In the mean tiine, I felt the need of mak
ing some additions to them by way of completing the view
I am aware that the work will, alter all, furnish but an imperfect account of Reinhard; especially so, as all the biographies which have been written of him in Germany, are more or less imperfect, time enough not having yet elapsed to permit many of his letters, directed as they were, lo persons still on the theatre of action, to be brought from their
* Perhaps the reader should be informed, that I have not reduced the dollars named in the course of the work, to our own currency; and hence, that they express a little too much.