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Art. III. ? Pastoral Library Magazine. No. I. November, 1840. We
have long desired to see the object, recommended in this pamphlet,
brought before the public; and we are rejoiced to see it done in a
way which will secure the attention of a part, at least, and, as we
hope, of all our American churches. The object proposed is the
formation, by religious societies, of Ministerial Libraries. This
pamphlet is published apparently under the auspices of our
Presbyterian brethren; but it also appears that the Episcopal
church is moving in the same matter. We earnestly hope that the
Unitarian churches may follow their wise and good example. We
believe that there is no possible way in which they could secure
from the same amount of money, so great and permanent a public
benefit. The reasons which should induce parishes to establish
permanent Ministerial Libraries are very obvious. As it is with
young men who enter other professions, so with those who enter the
ministry, three out of four, by the time they have completed their
nine or ten years of preparatory study, have exhausted all their
resources, while many, when this long and expensive course of
education is finished, are left more or less in debt. Take one thus
situated. He is settled on a salary which is probably very little
more than sufficient for the support of a family; and if he shrink
from an old age of penury, and from leaving his family, in case of
his death, in destitution, he is compelled to avoid all
expenditures which are not absolutely necessary. He leaves the
Theological School with habits of study, and enters on his office,
we may suppose, with high and pure aims, and with capacities which
give the promise of permanent usefulness. But as soon as he is
settled he meets with obstacles which he had not anticipate...
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