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AUTHOR OF AN ESSAY ON MORAL GOOD AND EVIL.
JAMES DUNCAN, 37, PATERNOSTER ROW;
AND M. OGLE, GLASGOW,
There is no one to whom I can with more fitness and propriety dedicate these Volumes than to you. I have uniformly, since I had the pleasure of your acquaintance, received the most kind and friendly attentions at your hands ; and poor and inadequate as is the tribute of regard here tendered, I feel confident you will accept it, as a grateful token of esteem, from a humble but I trust a sincere admirer of your great moral worth and truly Christian character.
The ability, zeal, and genuine benevolence, with which you have hitherto discharged the duties of your pastoral office
in this place, as well as the consideration of the great benefits which have resulted to a numerous and affectionate flock, from the conscientious discharge of these duties, induce me to express an ardent wish that you may long be spared to pursue your highly useful and important labours ; and may continue to receive, in return, not only the cheering testimonies of a good conscience, but the grateful acknowledgments of those for whose temporal and everlasting welfare you feel so deep an interest.
My dear Sir,
Yours, most sincerely,
MORPETH, March 18, 1833.
In presenting this work to the public, I have been influenced principally by a desire to give to the general reader, and the student of moral philosophy, a condensed and correct outline of the leading theories of moral duty, which are either in common circulation in our seminaries of learning, or are referred to in the writings of our most popular theoretic moralists. I have heard it frequently stated by those who have gone through a prescribed course of lectures on moral science, that though they were made acquainted with the names of several of the principal writers, and heard their moral opinions developed and commented on ; yet the limited space