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effect is like that of thinning some crowded and overgrown forest. There is gain in every respect; gain in what is taken away, gain for what remains : so at least it has seemed to me, when on more than one occasion I have used the axe of excision.
Great as is the length to which these prefatory words have run, and much as they have obliged me to speak, which I would willingly have avoided, in the first person, I yet cannot conclude them without giving utterance to this as my earnest prayer,--that there may be nothing found in these pages to minister to error, or with which wise and understanding children of our own spiritual mother might be justly displeased. If I have attained this, I shall abundantly be rewarded for some anxious and laborious hours, which the preparation of this volume has cost me.
ITCHENSTOKE, Jan. 1849.
XX. Quantum hamum caritas tibi præsen-
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