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PRINTED FOR DAVID BROWN, 6, ST. ANDREW'S STREET ;

WILLIAM TURNBULL, GLASGOW ;
OGLE, DUNCAN & CO. AND J. NISBET, LONDON.

1821.

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The subject of the following short Memoir was a faithful minister of Christ, dearly loved and honoured whereever he was known; but, from a native unobtrusiveness of character and from having contracted retired habits by close study, not very extensively known in the churches of Christ. He was the intimate companion of my youth. Being about the same age, and having the same views, we contracted a mutual friendship, which continued unbroken and unabated from the 14th year of our ages to the period of his death. The Diary I obtained from his family. In reading it, I felt no common interest: indeed I might blush deeply in perusing the authentic documents of the eminent religious attainments of my dear friend.

From my earliest acquaintance with him, I could not but esteem Mr. Shirreff truly pious; but his attainments in true Christianity, as exhibited in these papers, have amazed me. Such knowledge of his own heart, such Christian confidence, deep humlllty, true resignation, devotedness to God and his cause, are truly admirable,

I hope these papers of Mr. and Mrs. Shirreff will, under a divine blessing, be useful to many, both ministers and private Christians.

st is pleasant to find so much eminent Christianity among us, and to see that there are still some who are indeed the epistles of Christ, seen and read of all men.

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JOHN BROWN.

WHITBURN,
January 2, 1821:

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