By JOH W. BARBER, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Connecticut. BIBLE LOOKIG GLASS. ITRODUCTORY. The leading features of this work, so far as the writer of tliis preface is concerned, were planned in his youthful days. From early childhood he was strongly attracted and impressed by pictorial representations, and passed much time in making pen-and-ink drawings of such objects as arrested his attention. This inclination increased with his years, but it received only a limited encouragement, and on some occasions its exercise was forbidden aa a waste of time. In the year 1812, when he was about fourteen, he was sent to live with Mr. A. Reed,* of East "Windsor (now South Windsor), Connecticut, to learn the art of engraving. Having served his seven ^^ears of apprenticeship, he returned to his native place, in Windsor, three miles north of Hartford, to live with his widowed mother, then in depressed circumstances. As there appeared to be no opening for his business, he was, for a time, quite uncer- tain what would be his occupation for the future. He, however, felt a confidence that the Divine Being, whom he was trying to serve, would sup- ply every thing needful and direct him to the course he should pursue.