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ESSAYS

ON

DECISION OF CHARACTER,

BY

JOHN FOSTER.

ARVARD
UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY

51497

THE WORKS OF JOHN FOSTER

CONSIST OF

LETTERS, with LIFE by J. E. RYLAND. 2 Vols. LECTURES DELIVERED AT BROADMEAD CHAPEL, BRISTOL. 2 Vols.

CRITICAL ESSAYS. 2 Vols.

FOSTERIANA, compiled by HENRY G. BOHN.

ESSAYS ON DECISION OF CHARACTER, &c.

ESSAYS ON POPULAR IGNORANCE, &c.

ESSAYS ON DODDRIDGE, ROBERT HALL, TIME, &c.

[In the press.

ESSAYS,

IN

A SERIES OF LETTERS,

ON THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS:

I.

JUSTIN WINSOR,
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

ON A MAN'S WRITING MEMOIRS OF HIMSELF.

II.

ON DECISION OF CHARACTER.

III.

ON THE APPLICATION OF THE EPITHET ROMANTIC.

IV.

ON SOME OF THE CAUSES BY WHICH EVANGELICAL RELIGION

HAS BEEN RENDERED LESS ACCEPTABLE TO

PERSONS OF CULTIVATED TASTE.

BY JOHN FOSTER.

THIRTIETH EDITION.

LONDON:

HENRY G. BOHN, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

LONDON:

R. CLAY, SON, AND TAYLOR, PRINTERS,

BREAD STREET HILL.

ADVERTISEMENT.

PERHAPS it will be thought that pieces written so much in the manner of set compositions as the following, should not have been denominated Letters; it may therefore be proper to say, that they are so called because they were actually addressed to a friend. They were written however with an intention to put them in print, if, when they were finished, the writer could persuade himself that they deserved it; and the temper of even the most inconsiderable pretenders to literature in these times is too well known for any one to be surprised that he could so persuade

himself.

When he began these letters, his intention was to confine himself within such limits, that essays on twelve or fifteen subjects might be comprised in a volume But he soon found that so narrow a space would exclude many illustrations not less appropriate or useful than any which would be introduced.

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