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A VERY few words will suffice to indicate the sources whence the contents of the present volume have been derived.
1. “The Articles to be inquired of by the Churchwardens and Swornmen of every parish within the Archdeaconry of the East Riding in York, in the ordinary Visitation of the Archdeacon there, anno 1627," are transcribed from the original manuscript preserved in the Bishop's library at Durham. Although dated in 1627, the draft was framed in 1626. It would appear to have been intended for the press : but if printed, no copy has reached the editor's notice.
2. “The Sum and Substance of the Conferences lately had at York-House concerning Mr. Mountague's Books, which it pleased the Duke of Buckingham to appoint; and with divers other honourable persons to hear, at the special and earnest request of Lord Warwick and the Lord Say." These conferences were held upon the 11th and 17th February, 1626. Of the first of these narratives there exist at Durham three copies, all in Cosin's handwriting, which also contain corrections and additions by White, dean of Carlisle, who along with Cosin, attended as the friend and defendant of Mountague. Another transcript, said to be in Cosin's handwriting, is preserved in the Bodleian library, and is printed by Mr. Brewer in his edition of Cosin upon Transubstantiation.
3. “A Collection of Private Devotions: in the practice of the Ancient Church, called the Hours of Prayer; as they were after this manner published by authority of Queen Elizabeth, 1560, taken out of the Holy Scriptures, the ancient Fathers, and the Divine Service of our own Church. London, printed by R. Young, 1627.” The only copy of the first edition of Cosin's Devotions (three editions bear the date of 1627) which the editor has met with, is here reprinted. The more important variations between it and the succeeding editions are indicated in the notes.
a For the loan of this copy the Mr. Robinson, bookseller, Newcastleeditor is indebted to the kindness of upon-Tyne.