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The compiler of the following pages, while he avails himself of the opportunity of acknowledging the kindness of those who have contributed materials for his use, feels that some apology is due to them for the long detention of their letters.
The idea of a Memoir of Captain Hammond's life was suggested immediately after his death. One by one those friends by whom it was hoped that the work would have been undertaken were, from various causes, compelled to relinquish it; and it was not until it seemed probable that the whole matter would fall through, that the writer of the present volume consented to make the attempt.
Under his hands the progress of the Memoir, the materials for which were given over to him at the close of the last year, has been brought to a conclusion. He submits it to the public, with thankfulness to Him who has permitted him to dwell for nearly twelve months on materials that have been characterised by a friend as “full of interest, sanctifying, and edifying;” and with a humble hope that the voice of one, whose personal example is no longer before us, may be found in these pages addressing, each of us in the spirit of the Saviour's words, “Go thou, and do likewise.”
PREFACE TO THIRD EDITION.
SINCE the publication of the two first editions of this Memoir, the heading prefixed to Chapter XVI. has called forth certain remarks.
Without assenting to the propriety of all, the Editor feels that one of these is entitled to his consideration.
It has been represented by a personal friend, that an extract from the writings of Dr Pusey may possibly be considered as “a sanction and recommendation" of his works.
Upon this consideration alone the Compiler has withheld the passage from the present edition. For, while he admires the practical value of the extract, he would not willingly become the instrument of leading any to seek a further acquaintance with the works of a writer whose name is closely associated with a system of doctrinal teaching from which he wholly dissents.