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Sketches of the Reformation
AND ELIZABETHAN AGE
TAKEN FROM THE
BY THE REV.
JOHN OLIVER WILLYAMS HAWEIS M.A.
F.R.S. AND F.S.A. LIBRARIAN TO HIS GRACE THE ARCHBISHOP
MY DEAR SIR, THE circumstances under which the third chap
ter* of this volume was written, naturally make me wish to associate your name with the remainder. The field of literature there entered upon is almost untrodden, and although few flowers of extraordinary beauty or pearls of exceeding price haye been gathered, I would hope that the labour is not lost which has been bestowed upon it; indeed you are well aware that if rarity can be regarded as enhancing value, nearly the whole of the books here quoted being of uncommon occurrence, some known by name only to bibliographers, others apparently not known at all, they have at least that claim upon the antiquary and the scholar.
My object is to give some notion of the preachers as well as to make sketches of the times of the Reformation in this country: or perhaps to shew their con.ceptions of what they saw, rather than mine of what I read of. Hence where no passage in a sermon has suggested itself affording the desired light, matters which could easily have been elucidated are often passed
• It appeared as the first of a series of papers in the British Magazine; these are here republished, or rather perhaps form the basis of the present volume. The first chapter has not been in print