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RECTOR OF DITCHINGHAM,
ADAPTED TO USE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
NEW YORK :
It may be a satisfaction to those who use this little
book to know that, as far as the matter of the prayers is concerned, they are strictly nothing more than a compilation from the writings of men eminent for holiness and learning.
But while using the thoughts of others, the Compiler has generally either varied, or quite changed, the language in which they were clothed, the better (as he conceived) to adapt them to his purpose.
His object was to furnish a Manual, which, from simplicity of language, might be useful to a larger class than can profit by the excellent preparatory offices in common use.
The works of Bishops Andrewes, Cosin, Ken, and Wilson, may be mentioned as chief sources from which matter has been drawn. Great use has been made of Lake's Officium Eucharisticum, and a little has been derived from more ancient stores of devotion.
Regard to simplicity has also been had in the selection of the didactic pieces in Appendix II., but, as they may with advantage be made the subject of much thought and study, it was not considered so essential there as in the devotional part of the volume.