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still far from extinct, the Author has tried not unduly to stir their embers; but his plan has necessitated numerous references and quotations, besides bibliographic and other allusions, in what some may deem an excessively large apparatus of footnotes. He is content to have erred on this side, rather than on the score of meagreness in citing authorities.

Unvarying courtesy and kindness on the part of Librarians and official Correspondents have greatly facilitated the writer in his work; and while not forgetful of the services of many other kind friends and brethren, he has special reason for thanking William Carruthers, Esq., F.R.S., of the British Museum, the Rev. A. B. Grosart, D.D., LL.D., and J. G. Smieton, Esq., M.A., of the Presbyterian College. He has also to express his sense of obligation to James Robertson, Esq., of Nisbet & Co., and to the Religious Tract Society, through the Rev. John Kelly, M.A., for so readily granting permission to use some previous articles and biographies of his, the copyright of which belongs to them.

His brother, the Rev. George Drysdale, formerly of Crouch Hill Church, has been good enough to read the proofs in passing through the press.

THE MANSE, MORPETH,

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