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siastical qualifications; and that they are no less the ornaments, than they are the efficient overseers of the spiritual vineyard. I repeat, that I could much desire that these pages should receive extensive circulation, although I have no mercenary object in the wish, having divested myself of all benefit from this, as from my former publication; not esteeming it decent that I should in any degree profit by a reproduction of the labours of others, nor by a calling to which I have not been dedicated, excepting in so far as I may advantage religion by encouraging a laudable and beneficial family practice, and by supplying a work that may be useful for that object.

I am well aware-no one can be more sensibly so of my insufficiency for the task I have undertaken. I know that I am not

of those to whom the nobleman in the parable has committed his ten talents; but neither will I be of those who would "lay up in a napkin" that which has been entrusted to my keeping, without striving at least after some method of employing my time to profitable usury. I recognize as a warning to men of moderate abilities, that there are also the other intermediate conditions of five talents and two

pounds, which appear to include every varied condition of human ability and usefulness. I hold it to be a high privilege and a sufficient reward for such an one as myself, if I may be permitted to refund to the Great Dispenser of All Time some portion of the leisure with which He has vouchsafed to bless me; and I trust that this humble measure of human usefulness may be accepted for the sake of Him, whose heavenly mission it is my object to render more extensively studied.

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My own share in this composition is indeed inconceivably small; for I cannot assert any higher merit for it, than that of the ingenious artizan, who with some trouble combines an harmonious mosaic from the rich marbles which the industry of others has cut out from the mountain. The valuable notes attached to Mant and D'Oyly's Edition of the Bible has been the great storehouse from whence I have drawn the subject-matter of this Narrative; and I have availed myself of its repertory, even when I could refer to the original authorities, because I thus obtained the assured confidence that I drew from an admitted treasury of orthodox annotation. I have also to express my obligations to some living authors,

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and especially to our venerable Primate, whose Practical Exposition" is sufficiently appreciated by every reader of the New Testament. I had much desired to have included some references from the theological writings of the Episcopal Church of America, which I greatly venerate and esteem; but my small library did not afford me the opportunity of doing I salute her, however, as a sister, whose "Bishops and Doctors" are deserving of high consideration; and I honour her as the strong arm, which has not only upheld our tabernacle with credit and vigour, in the midst of a democratic, and, as such, an unepiscopal people, but who has also nobly exerted herself to lengthen its cords, and strengthen its stakes, throughout that grievous desert of heathenism, which still, alas! extends so fearfully in all the world in the midst of the sad dissensions of sincere and hearty Christians.

Leasowe Castle,

July, 1850.

E. C.

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