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to dedicate to the service of his Divine Master, in pursuing the work which he at length submits to his fellow-Christians of the Church of England, with much distrust of its value, but in humble reliance on the blessing of the Almighty, if it should be found consistent with the saving truths of the Gospel,-calculated to uphold the faith in unity of spirit, and in the bond of peace, -and fitted to promote the glory of Him who has been graciously pleased to grant the opportunity requisite for its accomplishment.

The objects which the Author has proposed himself, he thinks it but candid, and incumbent on him, to state. He is not vain enough to flatter himself, that he has so far succeeded according to his wishes, as to have his labours considered of any great importance to his Clerical Brethren- he has not the presumption to assume the office of their instructor; but it is his wish, in the very first place, that his Compendium may not be altogether useless even to them, as a book of reference, in which they may find the substance, he believes, of nearly all that has been said at large upon the various points, to which they must continually allude in the course of their ministerial duties. They will find at once the greater part of the passages of Scripture, relating

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mire in the forcible superseding early Catechists. It, dobiless. wi a character deserving of her mar: OREOS the language of controversy as seen avoided. Would it were 1ossible controverted subjects! or, rather hat in jects were controverted, it fose mies impossible to avoid!

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discuss, but to state, concisely, what the Author believes to be the right interpretation of the Church of England, as it is to be learned from a comparison of her authorized Formula

laries, and the public Writings of her Founders, with the standard of Scripture-to which she desires to be referred. It need scarcely be asserted, that the "Summary" is in strict accordance with the Author's own view of Doctrines and Morals, as he supposes them to be upheld by the Church to which he has the happiness to belong but he solemnly affirms, that he has not knowingly added, warped, or omitted a single syllable for the purpose of countenancing any peculiar opinion of his own, or of opposing those who may differ from him. He has carefully perused the works of writers on both sides of many questions which occur in the course of his enquiry; and has often derived great assistance from those with whom he does not in all

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conviction; and, that if he have not seen reason to change his opinions, his retaining them has not arisen merely from wilful perverseness, or from a prejudiced adherence to any one name or school, rather than another. That his principles should be approved by all his Brethren, he is not san

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Liturgy, and the Works of the Reformers, may form an useful manual, and save much time and trouble to those whose every moment ought to be held most precious, while they are qualifying themselves for the important trust about to be committed to them: he hopes that it may benefit them still more,-in a way for which they will never cease to be thankful-that it may give them a clear connected view of all the great doctrines of our holy faith, and of all the practical consequences attendant on the profession of them;-that it may enable them to observe in the parallel writings of men, who have been in their day the lights and ornaments of their sacred profession, the same tone of pure exalted piety, the same earnest, anxious zeal in establishing the firm, unvarying principles and motives of Evangelical Morality, and the same mild, humble, unobtrusive spirit of Christian love and forbearance, by which the English Church, in all her declarations, is so eminently distinguished. This view of the subject cannot fail to be advantageous to them; and happy will it be for them, if it should rouse them to emulate the piety and virtues of the Fathers of that Church, which it is now their duty to adorn by the conspicuous holiness of their lives, and by the

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