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29 Oct.,1918.6.17, W.
THE VERY REVEREND
30bn Priestley wa armoll,
CANON AND PROVOST OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC
DIOCESE OF NORTHAMPTON.
MY DEAR FRIEND,-I am, as you know, a Protestant Nonconformist minister, and, as I think, a perfectly consistent one, a 'Protestant of Protestants.' As such, you and I are, theologically and ecclesiastically, at the antipodes the one from the other. But my intercourse with you as of friend with friend has always been a valuable 'means of grace'to me, and I gratefully acknowledge it. Be pleased, therefore, to accept my dedication of this little volume to you, not because you will agree with all its contents, for I am sure that you will not, but because I desire to associate it with one who unites unswerving loyalty to his own Church with a just and gracious bearing, full of true insight and Christian love, towards those who are conscientiously constrained to differ from her; and,
absolutely apart from your office as a Christian priest, I feel it an honour to offer any little tribute in my power to you in recognition of your noble, self-sacrificing, and generous manhood, which, although largely participating in it, is yet kept 'unspotted from the world. May the Eternal Mercy keep you,— body, soul, and spirit,'—is the sincere prayer of your affectionate friend,