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MEMBER OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARCHÆOLOGY OF MADRID; MEMBER OF THE
SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF LA MORINIE;
LIBRARIAN AND SECRETARY OF SION COLLEGE ;
" What though in solemn silence all
RICHARD GIBBS, ESQ.
CEDAR LODGE, STOCKWELL PARK, SURREY.
MY DEAR FRIEND
It has never occurred to me to pen a sentence with more unfeigned satisfaction than that in which I now offer to you the following pages. I know that you will regard them with pleasure, and that whatever defects and deficiencies there may be found in them, their subject and intention will recommend them to your notice. Interested so deeply as you are, and ever have been, in the welfare of the rising generation, a Work written for, and addressed to young men, is appropriately inscribed to you.
Personal feelings, too, have their share in this Dedication. Through years of anxiety and persecution I have received from you, and your beloved and excellent wife, almost more than parental kindness; and, under God, to you I owe it that I have yet health, strength, and to labor in the vineyard of the Lord.