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AND RECTOR FOR SIXTY-TWO YEARS OF ST. JOHN'S, MANCHESTER.

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Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged. Printed in Graduated Reformed Spelling.

LONDON:
JAMES SPEIRS, 36 BLOOMSBURY STREET.
F. PITMAN, 20 PATERNOSTER ROW.

BATH:
ISAAC PITMAN, PHONETIC INSTITUTE, KINGSTON BUILDINGS.

1882.

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PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION.

The manuscript which formed the basis of the following Biography was written by my father-in-law, George Harrison, within a few years of Mr Clowes's decease. He read portions of it to me in 1838, at the same time stating his wish that some one with more turn for biography than he had, would take the work in hand, and make a picture from his sketch.

His own Preface to the manuscript is as follows :-"Having repeatedly requested the friends of the late Mr Clowes to commit to writing all they could recollect of him, and finding one after another following him to an eternal world without having left any such recollections behind, I felt it the more incumbent upon me to set down what came under my own observation respecting this most interesting character during his latter years ; as well as what I had gathered from himself and his personal acquaintances from an earlier period. Since I began to write, however, I have been favored with several valuable collections of letters, and notes of his conversations. I have also included the substance of the short Memoir already published, having heard it from Mr Clowes's own mouth."

More than forty years passed without any further progress being made towards a complete Life of this excellent man. Meanwhile the manuscript came into my possession, as well as Mr Clowes's original letters to Mr Tulk, Mr Harrison, and others. Though I never had the advantage of seeing Mr Clowes, his writings have been, under Divine Providence, the principal means of my own happiness, and I esteem it a high privilege indeed to be enabled to take a humble part in bringing their pious and enlightened author before a younger generation.

The original matter collected by Mr Harrison forms but a small part of the present volume. His personal recollections are now placed in a separate chapter, and I have endeavored to improve the arrangement of the whole materials, including some corrections, and a good deal of new matter elicited by the former edition.

THEODORE COMPTON.

Winscombe, March, 1882.

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ERRATA.

Page 69, line 4,

read "

The

cry of Charity was seasonable at that time. Clowes's voice was

not monotonous,” ets.

Page 166, line 11. The atheistical writer was Richard Carlile, not Carlyle.

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