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THE

MORAL PROBE,

OR

ONE HUNDRED AND TWO

COMMON SENSE ESSAYS

ON THE

NATURE OF MEN AND THINGS:

INTERSPERSED WITH SCRAPS OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY.

BY

L. CARROLL JUDSON.

AUTHOR OF A BIOGRAPHY OF THE SONERS OF THE DECLARATION

OF INDEPENDENCE.

The proper study of Mankind is Man."-POPE.
The wounds that Fashion, Vice, and Folly,
Have deeply inflicted on our fallen race,
Much need the Probe-AUTHOR.

With an Appendix,

CONTAINING

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, THE CONSTITUTION OF THE
UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL ADDRESS, AND

A MINIATURE BIOGRAPHY OF WASHINGTON,

THE SIGNERS, AND PATRICK HENRY.

SECOND EDITION,

NEW YORK:

PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1848,

By L. CARROLL JUDSON,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, of the

Southern District of New York.

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E. N Grossman, Printer, 12, Spruce street, N. Y.

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PREFACE.

DURING the last fifteen years, I had spent much time in writing a series of essays, similar to the following, which, with most of my other effects, were consumed by the calamitous fire at Pittsburgh, on the tenth day of April last.

Convinced of the utility of a volume of short, pungent, and practical articles ; relating to the multiform and every-day concerns of life, I have endeavored to repair the loss, by again putting my thoughts on paper, and giving to the world the result of my experience and observations, for nearly half a century.

My object has been, to probe the festering wounds of human nature, and point the afflicted patient to a healing remedy. I have aimed to present simple axioms and short propositions, calculated to rouse the mental powers of my readers; and induce them to examine; impartially, faithfully, and minutely; the vast circuit, the reaching powers, the lofty desires, and the native dignity of their immortal souls; and explore the labyrinthian mazes of the wilderness of mind; that they may form a correct estimate of themselves, and of men and things around them.

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