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BY THE REV. T. M. FALLOW, A.M.
CURATE OF ALL SOULS, ST. MARYLEBONE.
"If any man, who shall desire a more particular account of the several alterations in
THE contents of the present volume, with the exception of the introductory remarks, consist of documents which more or less relate to the compilation and revisions of the Baptismal Offices of the United Church. They are offered to the public with the simple object of enabling others to ascertain for themselves the principles on which the offices in question are framed, as well as the sense in which the terms therein adopted are used. Among the documents will be found the " Ordo Baptizandi” of the Use of Salisbury, and the Baptismal Liturgy of Herman, Archbishop of Cologne, rituals from which our own offices were compiled; the authoritative statements of Cranmer and the Church of England, on the subject of baptism, from the period of her emancipation from the Roman yoke up to the publication of the first Service-Book of Edward VI.; synoptical tables, shewing the alterations made in the offices at their several revisions in 1552, 1604, and 1661; together with a history of the conferences connected with these revisions, and exhibiting the reasons of the various changes which were then introduced into them. These are now published with the hope that they may be useful in assisting such as are desirous of ascertaining what are the real, not the supposed, sentiments of the Reformed Church of England on the subject of holy Baptism.
The author here desires to acknowledge his great obligations to the writings of his Grace the present Archbishop of Cashel, and to the Rev. Mr. Jenkyns, the able editor of Cranmer's Remains.