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DIARY AND CORRESPONDENCE OF THE LATE AMOS LAI
RENCE ; with a brief account of some Incidents in his Life. Edited by his son, WILLIAM R. LAWRENCE, M. D. With fiue steel Portraits of AMOs and ABBOTT LAWRENCE, au Engraving of their Birth-place, a Fac-simile page of" Mr. Lawrence's Hand-writing, and a copious Index. Octavo edition, cloth, $1.50. Royal duodecimo edition, $1.00.
This work was first published in an elegant octavo volume, and sold at the unusually low price of $1.50. At the solicitation of numerous benevolent individuals who were desirous of circulating the work--so remarkably adapted to do good, especially to young men-gratuitously, and of giving those of moderate means, of every class, an opportunity of possessing it, the royal duodecimo, or “cheap edition," was issued, varying from the other edition, only in a reduction in the size (allowing less margin, and the thickness of the paper.
Within six months after the first publication of this work, twenty-two thousand copies had been sold. This extraordinary sale is to be accounted for by the character of the man and the merits of the book. It is the memoir of a Boston merchant, who became distinguished for his great wealth, but more distinguished for the manner in which he used it. It is the memoir of a man, who, commencing business with only $20, gave away in public and private charities, during his lifetime more, probably, than any other person in America. It is substantially an autobiography, containing a full account of Mr. Lawrence's career as a merchant, of his various multiplied charities, and of his domestic life.
“We have by us another work, the 'Life of Amos Lawrence,' We heard it once said in the pulpit, * There is no work of art like a noble life,' and for that reason he who has achieved one, takes rank with the great artists and becomes the world's property. WE ARE PROUD OF THIS BOOK. WE ARE WILLING TO LET IT GO FORTII TO OTHER LANDS AS A SPECIMEN OF WILAT AMERICA CAN PRODUCE. In the old world, reviewers have called Barnum TIIe characteristic American man. We are willing enough to admit that he is a characteristic American man ; he is one fruit of our soil, but Amos Lawrence is another. Let our country have credit for him also. TIIE GOOD EFFECT WHICII TITS LIFE MAY HAVE IN DETERMINING THE COURSE OF YOUNG MEN TO HONOR AND VIRTUE 13 INCALCULABLE."-MRS. STOWE, IN N. Y. INDEPENDENT.
“We are glad to know that our large business houses are purchasing copies of this work for each of their numerous clerks. Its influence on young men cannot be otherwise than highly salutary, As a business man, Mr. Lawrence was a pattern for the young clerk."-BOSTON TRAVELLER.
“ We are thankful for the volume before us. It carries us back to the farm-house of Mr. Law, rence's birth, and the village store of his first apprenticeship. It exhibits a charity noble and active, while the young merchant was still poor. And above all, it reveals to us a beautiful cluster of sister graces, a keen sense of honor, integrity which never knew the shadow of suspicion, candor in the estimate of character, filial piety, rigid fidelity in every domestic relation, and all these connected with and flowing from steadfast religious principle, profound sentiments of devotion, and a vivid realization of spiritual truth."--NORTII AMERICAN REVIEW.
" We are glad that American Biography has been enriched by such a contribution to its treasures. In all that composes the career of the good man,' and the practical Christian, we have read few memoirs more full of instruction, or richer in lessons of wisdom and virtue. We cordially unite in the opinion that the publication of this memoir was a duty owed to society." -NATIONAL INTEL
“With the intention of placing it within the reach of a large number, the mere cost price is charged, and a more beautifully printed volume, or one calculated to do more good, has not been issued from the press of late years."--EVENING GAZETTE.
“ This book, besides being of a different class from most biographies, has another peculiar charm. It shows the inside life of the man. You have, as it were, a peep behind the curtain, and see Mr. Lawrence as he went in and out among business men, as he appeared on 'change, as he received his friends, as he poured out, with liberal hand and generous heart,' his wealth for the benerne of others, as he received the greetings and salutations of children, and as he appeared in the bosom of his family at his own hearth stone."-BRUNSWICK TELEGRAPH.
* It is printed on new type, the best paper, and is illustrated by four beautiful plates. How it can be sold for the price named is a marvel."-NORFOLK CO. JOURNAL.
* It was first privately printed, and a limited number of copies were distributed among the relatives and near friends of the deceased. This volume was read with the deepest interest by those who were so favored as to obtain a copy, and it passed from friend to friend as rapidly as it could be read. Dr. Litwrence has yielded to the general wish, and made public the volume. It will now be widely circulated, will certainly prove a standard work, and be read over and over again."-Bog. TON DAILI ADVERTISER,