The writer of the following pages believes his subject timely. Perhaps as never before, the minds of the most sagacious writers of our age are watching with profound and pious interest the progress of human events. The aim of the author has been to make the work historical, at least so abounding in narrative, anecdote, biography, and in the de lineations of men and things in real life, as to commend it to the general reader; and at the same time to reveal at every step the Hand Of God overruling the events Of history, to subserve his one great end: an attempt to contribute a mite to rescue history from the melancholy abuse under which it has lain almost to the present time. History, when rightly written, is but a record of providence; and he who would read history rightly, must read it with his eye constantly fixed on the hand of God. Every change, every revolution in human affairs is m the mind of God, a movement to the consumma tion of the great work of redemption. There is no doubt at the present time, a growing tendency so to write and so to understand history. And if the writer has contributed any thing to advance a consummation so devoutly to be wished, he will feel that he has not labored in vain.