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REV. JOHNSON GRANT, MA.

Of St. John's College, Ufford.

Pol. IV,

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR J. HATCHARD AND SON, PICCADILLY.

1820,

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PREFACE.

It is neither a pleasant nor an easy task, to speak without fear, and without partiality, concerning recent measures, existing institutions, and individuals yet alive. The writer accordingly sends forth the present volume, not without some reluctance, and much nervousness as to its reception. Yet he can truly declare, that no view of courting favour, and no apprehension of giving offence, has induced him, in a single instance, to colour any statement, to exaggerate or suppress any fact, or to avoid pronouncing his honest opinion. His judgment may have erred, but his intentions have been pure.

In speaking of the dismissal of Curates, he has delivered some strictures, which he would now wish, not to retract, but to qualify. Could he suppose the case of a Rector's complaining of his Curate to the diocesan, on some flimsy ostensible ground, but really and secretly, through an inability to hear it said, so that Saul

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