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Chaplain at Ditton Park to the Late Lord Montagu.
SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & CO., STATIONERS' HALL COURT,
BATH: R. E. PEACH, BRIDGE STREET.
107 f. 2257
IN HONOUR OF GOD,
TO THE MEMORY
OF A VERY DEAR FRIEND,
AT WHOSE SUGGESTION, AND FOR WHOSE ESPECIAL USE
THE WORK WAS UNDERTAKEN,
THESE READINGS ARE INSCRIBED WITH
AFFECTION AND REVERENCE.
The difficulty of finding a book adapted to Family Worship (those published for that purpose, though excellent in themselves, being many of them too long, while others enter upon subjects unsuited for family instruction), suggested to the truly Christian lady to whose memory this work is inscribed, the relief it would be to those who have not the leisure required for daily selection, to be furnished with a book which might safely be opened without need of selection.
At her request these Readings on The Diatessaron were commenced, without the slightest idea of publication, which is now undertaken at the earnest desire of many who were accustomed to hear them. The chief recommendation of the work consists in its being for the most part merely a compilation, in which as far as possible the very words of the several authors have been preserved.
The sole object of the compiler being the instruction of those who may read, or hear read, what is now published, he has caused the Readings to be printed exactly as they were originally compiled, wishing it to be understood that whatever merit they may possess will be due to those from whose works they have been collected, and that they are published with the one object of promoting God's glory in the edification of His people.
R. M. B.
Bath, January, 1869.