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It was of course impossible but that the quantity and variety of censure, which was elicited by the publication of the former part of these Remains, should be felt by the Editors as a call for much calm and patient consideration, before proceeding, in further fulfilment of their trust, to offer these additional volumes to the world. One thing has at least become evident, which was at first very uncertain : that it was a publication of some importance for good or for evil. The notice which it has attracted, favourable or otherwise, is at least a token that the Editors were not mistaken, as partial friends are so apt to be, in their estimate of the force and originality of the Author's character, or of the keen, courageous, searching precision, with which he had, though it were but incidentally, put forth his ecclesiastical and theological opinions, and applied them to things as they are.
But in such measure as all doubt on the importance of the publication is removed, the responsibility of it is doubtless enhanced ; and it seems right to preface it with something like a fair and full statement of the reasons, why the Editors have judged it, on the whole, their duty to persist in this step: not wilfully slighting any man's scruples or remonstrances, but still thinking that the cause of the Church, which is paramount