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CHRISTOPHER WORDSWORTH, D.D.

LATE MASTER OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,
AND RECTOR OF BUXTED, WITH UCKFIELD, SUSSEX.

fourth Edition,

WITII MANY ADDITIONAL HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES.

IN FOUR VOLUMES,

VOL. I.

LONDON:

FRANCIS & JOIN RIVINGTON,
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD, AND WATERLOO PLACE.

LONDON: GILBERT AND RIVINGTON, PRINTERS,

St. John's SQUARE.

ADVERTISEMENT

TO THE

THIRD EDITION.

This Third Edition differs from the two preceding, in the way both of addition, and of omission.

Of omissions of any considerable moment, there is only one. The Life of Philip Henry, which constituted a large portion of the sixth volume of the former editions, has been withdrawn.

The length of this Life had been occasionally complained of, as hardly compensated by a proportionate degree of value and interest; and sometimes it was alleged, that some degree of incongruity and unsuitableness to the leading, general design of the Collection, was introduced by the circumstance of the longest piece in the whole work being an encomiastic account of a nonconformist minister. After all, however, the consideration which weighed most on the Editor's own mind, was, that since his former publication, a new edition of the Life in question has appeared, revised, &c. from the original Diary, under the following title, viz. The Life of the Rev. Philip Henry, A.M., &c. corrected and enlarged, by J. B. Williams, F.S.A. London, 1825. 8vo.

After the appearance of the narrative in this revised and augmented form, it seemed that it would be neither respectful to the public, nor just to any of the other parties concerned, to republish merely the old edition, which wanted the accessions and improvements introduced by the new Editor: it was thought best,

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