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OF THE

LIFE AND WRITINGS

OF THE

RIGHT REVEREND

REGINALD HEBER, D. D.

LATE

LORD BISHOP OF CALCUTTA.

BY

THOMAS TAYLOR,

AUTHOR OF THE LIFE OF COWPER.

“ Not for ambition nor for gain,
Took he the overseeing on himself

Of that wide flock dispersed,

Neglected all too long.
Thither devoted to the work he went,

Forsaking friends and kin,

Books, leisure, privacy ;
Pursuits that with the learned and the wise
Should have assured his name its lasting place

There spent his precious life,
There left his holy dust."

THIRD EDITION.

LONDON:

JOHN HATCHARD AND SON, PICCADILLY.

MDCCCXXXVI.

251,

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TO THE

RIGHT HONOURABLE

CHARLES, EARL GREY, DE HOWICK, K. G.

THE ENLIGHTENED, FIRM, AND CONSISTENT FRIEND OF THE

ENGLISH CHURCH,

THIS

LIFE OF REGINALD HEBER, D.D.

THE LATE TALENTED, INDEFATIGABLE, AND PIOUS

LORD BISHOP OF CALCUTTA,

UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF ITS BRIGHTEST LUMINARIES,

WHO NOBLY FELL

IN THE CAUSE OF MISSIONS IN THE EAST,

IS,

BY HIS LORDSHIP'S KIND PERMISSION,

MOST RESPECTFULLY, AND WITH EVERY SENTIMENT OF VENERATION

AND ESTEEM,

INSCRIBED,

BY HIS LORDSHIP'S HUMBLE AND OBEDIENT SERVANT,

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

The Author of this Memoir has attempted to give a complete and connected, yet concise sketch of the life and labours of the late lamented BISHOP Heber, in his Lordship's official, literary, and Christian character. He has drawn his materials chiefly from the Life of his Lordship by his widow -from the Bishop's Journal—and from Mr. Robinson's Last Days of Heber; to which able works he refers all those who wish for more ample details of his Lordship’s interesting life and character.

Mould it appear to any that he has spoken of his Lordship in terms too laudatory, he has only to assure such that he has been most anxious to avoid partiality, and has carefully endeavoured not to misrepresent, in any way, a single circumstance in his Lordship's life.

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