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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1836,
BY PERKINS & MARVIN,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
The papers of the Rev. Mr. Green were put into the hands of the compiler, with a request from a committee of the Union Church in Essex Street, that a volume might be prepared, illustrative of his character, and commemorative of his labors in the service of Christ; a volume that might be referred to by numerous surviving friends, as a fountain of refreshing reminiscences, and by all into whose hands it might fall, as a source of instruction and edification.
How far the laudable object proposed by the committee will be realized, can only be known hereafter. Unless the compiler is deceived in his estimate of the value of these papers, by the partiality of friendship, or by the delightful influence they have spread over his own mind during the process of transcribing and arranging them, they will prove highly acceptable to the public at large, and an invaluable treasure to those
who have had the privilege of knowing their author intimately, in the several relations of life.
He is aware of objections to the multiplication of volumes like the present. But he will be forgiven, if he feels not the force of them. Let those who have not the disposition or the leisure, forbear to read. But let others who know how to profit by them, enjoy the opportunity. Many in the Christian church will sooner attain the stature of the perfect man in Christ Jesus, by the contemplation of Christian character as portrayed in such volumes, than by the most profound and elaborate disquisitions on theology with which the church has ever been favored. This fact alone is a sufficient answer to all objections.
The subject of this Memoir labored under peculiar disadvantages for attaining his great object in life, almost from the commencement of his literary course. Disease early marked him as its victim, and steadily followed him from the academy onward, through more than twenty years, and through all changes of situation, till it triumphed in his dissolution. Still, resolution never failed him. To show forth the glory of God in the salvation of men, was an object of so much grandeur in his eye, that no intervening clouds were dense enough to obscure it, and no obstacles great enough to appear insurmountable, simply because his heart strong in the Lord.”
He was never