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Advantages of history, discovery of New England,

its first settlement, pestilence.

HISTORY has always been a persuasive method of instructing mankind. Many good men have in every age employed it for this invaluable purpose. Though precepts and admonitions often have a commanding energy, an irresistible influ. ence; though the PULPIT will for ever stand unri. valled among the means of instruction and refor: mation, still history lends her alluring and powerful assistance. Her salutary light is often of incalculable importance ; she brings to view the exact fulfilment of scripture prophecies; she displays good. ness in real life with all its felicities, vice with all its miseries. Examples of individuals great and good, of communities distinguished for integrity and success, powerfully persuade to an imitation of their virtues.

If any country has merited the notice of history, New England has her strong claims. Beginning in weakness and sufferings; at one time with less

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