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A letter from a blacksmith to the minister and elders of the church of Scotland.
by John Witherspoon from old catalog (1824)


Advertisement from the London Editor

If, in the following snippets, the reader finds the Blacksmith how and then introducing scraps of Latin, he will be the less surprized if he reflects, that in Scotland most of the mechanics have a smattering of that language, which is taught even in the country parish schools. It seems the author thought it incumbent upon him, when he had to do with the clergy, to muster up all the little learning he was master of. With what propriety and judgment his quotations are introduced, is submitted to the reader, by his most obedient servant,

The Publisher.

American Editor's Preface

This little book is written with such strength of argument in favor of a precomposed Liturgy, and at the same time with such genuine touches of humor, that the publisher of the present edition thinks it best to give the work to the public entire, in its original form. Though well adapted to the place and time in which it was written, it is pointed at many errors, which are not prevalent in our age and country. But, as the spirit of error and enthusiasm, though assuming different appearances, is ever much the same, the following sheets may afford pleasure and edification to the candid reader.

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