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PREFACE.

The observations put forth in this little work are the result of general reading rather than of immediate reference to authentic records of the period of the Reformation, or to similar documents in relation to the formation and revision of the Book of Common Prayer; it is, therefore, not improbable that some trifling inaccuracies in reference to those momentous events may exist; but, the writer is willing to hope none will be found of sufficient importance to invalidate the general correctness of his statements. Had the historical and ecclesiastical documents of the period been within his reach, he would not have attempted a minute and elaborate dissertation on the subject. To have quoted authorities on every point by a simple reference to them, would have been of little use to the general reader, to whom the documents themselves are, if not inaccessible, very

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