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“ And if it be a mistake, it is only so; there is no heresy
in such harmless aberrations."

JOSEPH GRANVILLE.

SECOND EDITION

NEW YORK
D APPLETON & COMPANY 200 BROADWAY

AND 16 LITTLE BRITAIN LONDON

MDCCCLIV

HARVARD CULICE LIBRASY

DIÇ:1:30
ARTHUR TUART WALCOTT

JUNE 1, 1923

ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1853, by

D. APPLETON & COMPANY,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the

Southern District of New York.

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PRE FACE.

A PREFACE is a happy medium between the author and the public. It is usually apologetic too, and therefore modest—like a veil; I will not say how transparent.

GENTLE READER, —

I do not pretend to exhibit truth, clear and pellucid, but rather, as the title indicates, tinctured with imperfections.

Life is many-hued,

Life, like a dome of many-colored glass,
Stains the white radiance of Eternity.”

The purest are not immaculate; the impure, though doubledyed with guilt, have some tinge of humanity—some obscured indication of divine origin; we are all more or less prismatic.

If there be one earnest, honest purpose beneath the strata of

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