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PREFACE TO THE FOURTH EDITION.
This volume is designed to supply a desideratum. We have several works admirably fitted to stimulate the young to self-culture, but guidance is needed as well as stimulus. How desirable that the aspirant should have access to the experience of one who has trodden the path on which he is entering, and is able to pronounce on the respective value of various mental and moral processes and habits! Here we have a record of the processes by which Mr. Hessel attained excellence. His experiences can scarcely fail to instruct, and his example is well fitted to stimulate. have received numerous gratifying testimonies of the great service the work has already rendered.
Though the greater part of the volume was written before he was twenty-two, persons of maturer years may deem it not unworthy their attention.
The present edition has not only been thoroughly revised but re-written; and it is hoped the value of the work is considerably increased. The size and style of the book have been chosen with a view to make it a companion volume to the "Memorials of Eliza Hessel."
The renewal of intimate communion with my friend has repeatedly prompted me to appropriate the language of our laureate :
"I would the great world grew like thee,
Who grewest not alone in power
And knowledge, but by year and hour
DONCASTER, MARCH 26TH, 1861.
The mental and moral features of Mr. Hessel, and the classes of
persons for whom this memoir is deemed particularly suitable,
At YORK. Parentage-Apprenticed to be a draper-Attends a
theatre-Abandons it, and becomes a member of the Rev. James
Parsons' church-Is recommended as a candidate for the Christian
At AIREDALE COLLEGE. The spirit in which he enters
College-Driffield-Ravenstonedale-Watson's Life of Wesley-
Rev. Richard Knill-Life of Rev. David Stoner-Edmund Burke
At AIREDALE COLLEGE. Sedbergh-Kirkby-Lonsdale-Pro-
jects-Letter to Miss *—Humiliating discovery-Benefit of a
Journal-Means by which his enjoyment of prayer was increased
-Amplitude of means of self-improvement-Practices found to
be injurious-Solicitude for usefulness-Concentration of energy-
At HOWDEN. Failure of health-On the method of preparation
for the pulpit-Letter to Miss *-Cause of excessive admira-
tion of the Classics-Baxter-Jonathan Edwards-Distinction
between the productions of men of genius and others-Letter to
Miss * *-Ruptures a blood vessel-Letter to Miss
Impressive observations on the responsibility of the preacher.
At HOWDEN. Character of his reading-The joy derivable from
the Divine Omnipresence-Remarks on affliction-Death prefer-
able to uselessness-A Presence which pervades creation-No
disgrace in industry-Comparison of Howe and Owen-The design
and proper mode of education-Aphorisms on the communication
At HOWDEN. One characteristic of genius-The influence of a
good thought incalculable-The Elizabethan writers-His distri-
bution of time-Action an important means of moral improve-
ment-Early rising-The sure and only means of avoiding rash
At HOWDEN. Termination of his correspondence with Miss *
-Consults a London Physician respecting his health-On the
range of pulpit-topics-His resignation to the Divine will-
Southey's Life of Cowper-Foster's Essays-Bloomfield's Greek
Testament-Difficulty of accurately judging the motives of others