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JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, B.D.
FELLOW OF ORIEL COLLEGE,
AND VICAR OF ST. MARY THE VIRGIN's, OXFORD.
& J, H. PARKER, OXFORD.
TO THE RIGHT REV. FATHER IN GOD,
LORD BISHOP OF OXFORD, DEAN OF CANTERBURY,
CHANCELLOR OF THE MOST NOBLE
ORDER OF THE GARTER,
THIS VOLUME IS INSCRIBED
WITH A FEELING
OF VENERATION FOR HIS SACRED ORDER,
OF DUTIFUL SUBMISSION TO HIS DIOCESAN AUTHORITY,
AND OF GRATITUDE FOR KINDNESSES RECEIVED,
BY HIS LORDSHIP's
FAITHFUL AND ATTACHED SERVANT,
The present Volume originated in the following way: It was brought home to the writer from various quarters, that a suspicion existed in many serious minds against certain essential Christian truths, such as Baptismal Regeneration and the Apostolical Ministry, under the impression that they fostered notions of human merit, were prejudicial to the inward life of religion, and incompatible with the doctrine of justifying faith, nay, with express statements on the subject in our Formularies; while confident reports were in circulation that the parties who advocated them, could not disguise even from themselves their embarrassment at those statements : moreover, that though both these classes of doctrines had in matter of fact been con