Excerpt from Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Lindley Murray, in a Series of Letters
In presenting this little volume to the public, I am solicitous to state the reasons which led to its publication; and I flatter myself they will prove satisfactory.
The celebrity which the subject of these Memoirs had obtained, and the interest which he had excited, by his arduous and successful endeavours to promote the literary, moral, and religious improvement of youth, often induced me to think that, after his decease, a short and authentic account of his life and character, would be acceptable to the public. To that part of the public more immediately benefited by his labours, the work would, I apprehended, prove peculiarly pleasing.
Under these impressions, I made, at different periods, some notes and observations, preparatory to an undertaking of this nature, I was, however, sensible that, from various circumstances, particularly from my not having been acquainted with Mr. Murray till he was considerably advanced in life, I was not qualified to execute the task as I could wish. I was convinced too, that no person, except himself, possessed that accurate knowledge of the events of his life, and the formation of his character, which would render the work truly interesting and instructive. His friends in America had had but little intercourse with him, except by letter, since the fortieth year of his age: his friends in England had, of course, known him only since that period, when his character and principles were formed; and from the ill state of his health, his subsequent life was spent in retirement.
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