Annals of the American Episcopal Pulpit: Or, Commemorative Notices of Distinguished Clergymen of the Episcopal Church in the United States

Annals of the American Episcopal Pulpit: Or, Commemorative Notices of Distinguished Clergymen of the Episcopal Church in the United States

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Annals of the American Episcopal Pulpit: Or, Commemorative Notices of Distinguished Clergymen of the Episcopal Church in the United States

Annals of the American Episcopal Pulpit: Or, Commemorative Notices of Distinguished Clergymen of the Episcopal Church in the United States

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The principles upon which this work is constructed have been so fully set forth in the General Preface, that it may seem unnecessary to add any thing more specific, in introducing the present volume. It may not, however, be amiss, as this volume may fall into the hands of some who have not seen the preceding ones, to say a word,--even though it be at the expense of repetition,--of the principle which has controlled the selection of its subjects. It is by no means claimed for it that it contains notices of all the prominent deceased clergymen of the Episcopal Church. Not a small number of worthy, and in their day highly honoured, men have fallen into such deep obscurity from the lapse of years, that it has been found impossible, after the most careful research, to construct any thing like a creditable memorial of their characters or usefulness-- in respect to such, however, it is consolatory to reflect that time deals more leniently with their influence than with their names; and that what they did for their generation descends, in the form of blessing, through numberless imperceptible channels and combinations to all posterity. Nor is it claimed for this volume, more than for the preceding, that it embraces all the names worthy of being perpetuated, concerning which the requisite biographical material might have been obtained. Even after a correspondence with many of the more aged and influential clergymen in various parts of the United States . . .

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