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Upon the completion of the Tyrian AEra of this Work, I submitted the outline to an Illustrious Prince, whose urbanity and amiability are not the least of his high qualities claiming admiration ; and in reference to my desire of Dedication, replied: “* * * With respect to the request preferred, His Royal Highness thinks,— especially with reference to the subjectmatter of the present historic Work, that it would be far better to select for the Dedication, some Theologian of high rank in the Sacred Profession, and eminent for his Learning and Piety, under whose
auspices would more appropriately be placed, than under his own, the Original History of Ancient America. * * *” The suggestion and description thus expressed by His Royal Highness—and from one in such an august station,-evidently contemplate The Primate. The answer of Your Grace to my letter upon the subject-my sense of obedience to the suggestion of His Royal Highness (who has honoured me as his visitor and guest)—and my own feelings of profound veneration for Your Grace ;-together with the importance of historically establishing the fulfilment of additional prophecies by ISAIAH,-the Introduction of Christianity into the Western Hemisphere by one of The Twelve Apostles—in person ;-the Founding of Ancient America more than three centuries previous to that Sacred event,--with the Identity of the Aborigines, and thus unfolding additional Truths of The Bible, being of that Character to call forth attention from every part of the Globe, where Civilization is known, or the Divine Blessings of Religion are received and appreciated;—these considerations all assure me that in Dedicating to Your Grace the Original History of Ancient America, I but follow the dictates of an imperative duty ;-and shall cherish the hope that
the fostering protection of one, whose Life, Learning, and Piety, are alike conspicuous, and who, by their triple power-has been enabled to dare fearless comparisons with the past,--to continue blessings to the present, and to create examples of faith and charity, that may be imitated, but cannot be excelled, by those of a future age. With the fervent prayer that The Almighty Father may long preserve the life and faculties of Your Grace, that they may continue to cast their benevolent and protecting influence around the Divine Institution of Christianity;-I thus express my devotional duty,+ And remain, YoUR GRACE, In Religious Filiality Most faithfully, GEORGE JONES. London, June, 1843.