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RIGHT REV. JOHN WILLIAM COLENSO, D.D.,

BISHOP OF NATAL.

"We can do nothing against the Truth, but for the Truth.'--St.Paul, 2 Cor. xiii. 8.

"Not to exceed, and not to fall short of, facts,-not to add, and not to take
away,-to state the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,-are the
grand, the vital maxims of Inductive Science, of English Law, and, let us add, of
Christian Faith.'— Quarterly Review, on · Essays and Reviews,' Oct. 1861, p. 369.

C NEW YORK:
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,

443 & 445 BROADWAY.

1863.

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

1863, March 26.

94cdi : . Gray Fund,

PREFACE.

The circumstances under which this book has been written, will be best indicated by the following extracts from a letter, which I addressed some time ago, (though I did not forward it,) to a Professor of Divinity in one of our English Universities :

"My remembrance of the friendly intercourse, which I have enjoyed with you in former days, would be enough to assure me that you will excuse my troubling you on the present occasion, were I not also certain that, on far higher grounds, you will gladly lend what aid you can to a brother in distress, and in very great need of advice and assistance, such as few are better able to give than yourself. You will easily understand that, in this distant colony, I am far removed from the possibility of converse with those, who would be capable of appreciating my difficulties, and helping me with friendly sympathy and counsel. I have many friends in England; but there are few, to whom I would look more readily than to yourself, for the help which I need, from regard both to your public position and private character; and you have given evidence, moreover, in your

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