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whose faces he has not seen in the flesh—for some of the most touching and delicate offerings of condolence were anonymous—the warmest acknowledgments of his heart.* He would also refer to the calming influence of sacred poetry on a mind whelmed with grief. To this channel of comfort he is deeply indebted. This will account for the introduction of several poetical pieces at the close of the volume-pieces kindly sent to the author in his affliction—the tranquilising effect of which was all that his sympathizing correspondents could have wished. They are inserted now not so much as specimens of the choicest poetry, as with the hope that, possibly, they may again meet the eye

and soothe the heart of some disconsolate mourner. Of a beautiful poem entitled “The Wells of Baca,” by Dr. Macduff, particular and grateful acknowledgment would be made.

It has been a painful task-yet not without its peculiar blessing—io prepare this ‘Memorial.' Its

* The writer must be pardoned for especially referring to the timely sympathy of the Rev. C. D. MARSTON, Minister of Christ Church, Dover; J. B. KNOCKER, Esq., R.N., of the same place; and the Rev. WILLIAM TAIT, Minister of St. Matthew's, Rugby, as 'true sons of consolation,' to whom he will owe a deep and lasting debt of gratitude. Nor can he ever forget the affectionate sympathy of his own beloved congregation, and of the feeling and attached community among whom he dwells.

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imperfections are many and palpable; and the standard it has reached falls far below the original aim of the author. Indeed, such has been the excess of feeling and depth of emotion, as the hidden and spiritual life of his child gradually unfolded to his view in all its surprise and beauty, by the perusal of papers, of the existence of which he was totally ignorant, that he has found it most difficult so to calm and control the mind as properly to execute the work. May God the Holy Ghost bless the volume which, with great diffidence, is now submitted to the public, and to the TRIUNE JEHOVAH will be ascribed all honour and praise !


November, 1857.


THE Compiler of this “Memorial ” cannot allow a new edition to issue from the press, without devoutly and gratefully acknowledging to the praise and glory of God alone, the divine blessing and human favour which have affixed their seal to


the work. Its sphere of usefulness as was to be expected—has been, for the most part, limited to YOUNG MEN, with whose peculiar temptations, struggles and aspirations - especially those of

College life — the experience of the gifted and holy subject has most in sympathy. It was to the author a touching and expressive incident that, while the present edition was being revised for the press, he received the personal testimony of a Cleryman of the Church of England, and the Incumbent of a large parish, to the great spiritual help its perusal offered him while an Undergraduate at Cambridge. With renewed prayer for a yet larger blessing, it is again—with a slight addition of new matter-sent forth on its holy mission of love.


January, 1872.

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