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THE OXFORD REFORMERS

AND ENGLISH CHURCH PRINCIPLES:
THEIR RISE, TRIAL, AND TRIUMPH.
BY THE LATE GEORGE FOX BRIDGES,

OF OXFORD

PREPARED FOR PUBLICATION, AND
PARTLY RE-WRITTEN, BY HIS NEPHEW,
THE REV. W. G.

G. BRIDGES, M.A.,
SOMETIME VICAR OF ST. GEORGE's, HYDE

LONDON: ELLIOT STOCK
62, PATERNOSTER ROW, E.C.

1908
PjE

ER 377

PREFACE

The following pages contain the main portion of a book written more than forty-five years ago by an Oxford layman during the latter part of a serious illness which kept him a prisoner on his bed for the greater part of ten years. He had suffered even as a boy from some obscure affection of the heart, and in 1852 was quite laid up. A letter written by him to his brother will give the reader an insight into his character :

"43, St. GILES', OXFORD, “ DEAR JAMES,

December 12, 1854. “It is a long time since I attempted to write a note to anyone, but this day being my birthday, I have resolved to try my hand once more. I am forty-eight years of age to-day, and it is two years now since I have been under confinement with my last illness. You who get about actively amongst busy life can have little idea of the world in which I and thousands of sick people live, and it will surprise you, I dare say, when I tell you that if it could be said to me, 'Which two years of your life would you wish cancelled ?' it would not be the two last. No; I reckon these last the most valuable of all the forty-eight, and only for this reason-viz., that I have learned more in them than in any other two. You would be surprised what a school the quiet bedroom constantly is, and how quickly one learns in it. I very often think this two years of seclusion should have occurred twenty years ago.

Not that I have learned anything new-no, not so much that as that I have had time to examine everything I had before taken as a matter of course ; and if I am any judge,

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