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PREFACE to the SECOND EDITION.
IT will be necessary to observe, that a more full and particular account of several of our English Divines and other eminent persons mentioned in this volume might easily have been introduced. But such a detail would have far exceeded the bounds of my plan, which was only to intersperse some traits of their characters, some short extracts from, or references to their works, sufficient to incite in the reader a defire of acquiring a more intimate knowledge of them, by a diligent examination of their writings, or a more enlarged inquiry into their lives.
In compliance with a request made by the late Mr. Gilbert Wakefield, the note relative to his remark on the venerable Richard Hooker is omitted in this edition,
The Editor has been blamed for his attempt to embellish this volume with the portraits of those good men whose lives are recorded in it. He makes no apology. The satisfaction, which is not seldom derived to him from contemplating the portraits of excellent men, 'may be attributed to the delusions of fancy, or the temerity of groundless conjecture. However this may be, he can surely incur no great degree of just rebuke for indulging himself in an harmless gratification. He discovers, or at least he thinks that he discovers in the countenance of Isaac Walton, a placid and serene mind, never ruffled by discontent, or discomposed by passion. That of Dr. Donne exhibits an acuteness, a penetration and promptitude of talent, which peculiarly discriminared his character; while in that of Sir Henry Wotton is discerned the demeanour of a gentleman adorned with
lennen. In the line with an unane and Dr. San
' **"The Analytical Review, Vol. xxiv. for July 1796, p. 48–.
That excellent person to whom the first edition of this work was inscribed, died March 19, 1804, aged 59 years. Sir Richard Pepper Arden, Master of the Rolls, and one of his Majesty's most Honourable Privy Council, was.created, May 22, 1801, Baron Alvanley of Alvanley, in the county of Chester, and promoted to the office of Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, which was vacated by the advancement of Lord Eldon to the dignity of Lord High Chancellor, He was formerly Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, having previously acquired chose academical honours which are conferred upon classic and mathematical erudition. His professional learning and talents were universally acknowledged. Totally removed from a haughty demeanour, he uniformly en. deared himself to all who knew him, by the suavity of his difpofition, and the innocent cheerfulness of his conversation. He discharged the relative duties of life with fidelity and honour.
Impressed with a strong sense of the intrinsic worth of Christianity, he conformed his life to its precepts, and was himself an amiable example of that goodness which it enjoins. A true and firm friend to our ecclefiaftical constitution, he was a ferious and constant attendant on the services of the Church. From the period of his early years to his demise, he was the dear and incimate friend of Mr. William Pitt; of that great and good man, whose pre-eminent merit, while it is the admiration of the present age, will command the approbation and applause of the latest pofterity.