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AS few lives have exhibited a more pure example of piety and virtue, than that which is fet forth in the enfuing pages, it has been thought right to bring it forward to general notice; under a hope, that an account of this humble, felf-denying, and dedicated fervant, will prove the means of inftructing others; and of ftrengthening their faith in the efficacy of that Divine Principle, "which wrought all her works in her."
It will be proper to inform the reader, that the materials from which this work is compofed, confift of journals written by herself of her travels through Scotland, Ireland, and fome of the western counties in England, and of a confiderable number of letters to fome of her intimate friends. From these laft have been extracted fuch parts, as were descriptive of her other labours and travels, or likely to be of publick use. A connexion of the different events and circumftances, has been made throughout, by fhort narratives or explanations; but great care has been taken to preserve, as much as could be, her own words and arrangements.
Those extracts of letters which do not appear to have a peculiar connexion with the narrative, and which could not have been regularly introduced there, have been collected together, and are, nearly in the order of time, inferted in the Appendix. The importance of their fubjects, and their inftructive tendency, it is apprehended, will render them an acceptable addition to the other part of the work.