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TO THE RIGHT REVEREND FATHER IN GOD,

EDWARD,
LORD BISHOP OF SALISBURY.

My LORD,

HERE are obvious reasons why I

should neither venture, nor presume, to obtrude more than the mere ex

pression of my earnest sense of the many benefits which have followed your Lordship’s unwearied labours in the Diocese, over which, by the Divine Permission, you have been placed.

I was made deacon, and ordained to the priesthood, by your Lordship : since that time, with the exception of a very brief interval, I have exercised the duties of my office, and resided, in this Diocese. And now, as an acknowledgment, at least most sincere, of gratitude for much and long continued kindness, I gladly avail myself of the permission which has been given me, and would humbly dedicate these volumes to your Lordship.

I should be rejoiced to hope, that this work may seem to approve itself to your Lordship’s judgment, as answering in some degree, though imperfectly, the end at which I have aimed ; namely, the illustration of our Common Prayer Book from ancient documents, and its original sources.

I pray that it may please God, long to bless your Lordship with every spiritual and good gift: and I am, with, feelings of deep respect and attachment,

My Lord,

Your most faithful and obliged servant,

WILLIAM MASKELL,

May 10th, 1847.

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