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WITH A PREFACE, BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR, AND NOTES.
BY Wm. R. WHITTINGHAM, D. D.,
Now Bishop of Maryland.
A GLANCE at the contents of this volume will in some measure explain its extraordinary delay. Instead of a mere republication, it has almost assumed the character of an original and laborious work. The notes will be found to amount to nearly two-thirds of the matter in the volume, exclusive of the Preface and Memoir.
• But why overlay the subject with such a mass of comment ? The Preface, and the contents of the notes themselves, must furnish the answer to this query. The Editor is self-justified by the belief that his labours tend to enhance both the usefulness and the interest of the works republished.
In addition to the labour of preparing the notes, that of transcribing every syllable of the text was to be incurred, as no copy that might be destroyed for the printer's use could be procured.
These circumstances, it is hoped, will be considered an excuse for an unexpected, and otherwise unwarrantable postponement of the appearance of the volume.
But the Editor is prepared to make further drafts upon the forbearance of subscribers to the work.
The Fourth Volume will not immediately succeed the present. The importance of its announced contents requires more deliberation, care, and accuracy, than such an arrangement would allow. It is as much the interest of the subscribers as of the Editor (and may he not add as much the interest of the Church as of either ?) that that volume should be rendered as free from error and as complete in itself, as the utmost