The happy thought of this volume was suggested by the incidental reading
of this fact, in the life of JOHN QUINCY ADAMS: He was one day engaged
in his usual study of the New Testament, (a practice he kept up daily
throughout life, even amid the most urgent State duties,) when being
particularly impressed by some words of Jesus, he conceived the idea of
abstracting all his words from the body of the sacred text, that he
might see them in their unity and wholeness.