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REV. I. E. N. MOLESWORTH, M.A.
KECTOR OF ST. MARTIN'S, CANTERBURY,
AND ONE OF THE SIX PREACHERS OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL.
PUBLISHED BY COMMAND OF HIS GRACE THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY.
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD,
Price Is. 6d.
TO THE RIGHT REVEREND
WILLIAM GRANT BROUGHTON, D.D.
LORD BISHOP OF AUSTRALIA.
MY DEAR LORD BISHOP,
Had I regarded this dedication as a tribute to your Lordship in your public capacity, I should have deemed it a privilege, as well as a duty, to have associated with your name that of the tried and honoured fellow-labourer in the cause of Christ, who was consecrated with you. And it will be no disparagement to either him or your Lordship to add, that, if I had been influenced by no other desire than that of gracing my humble production with the highest name, I should have solicited permission to inscribe it with that of the illustrious individual who commanded its publication—whose pre-eminence, not only in station, but in talents and Christian graces, is universally acknowledged
and who, I delight on all fitting occasions, with honest pride and heartfelt gratitude, to state, took, only on public grounds, an humble Curate from a village, and laid his paternal injunctions on him to do his duty to our blessed Lord and in the Church, in the metropolitan city of his own diocese.
But here public considerations have been put aside for the indulgence of those feelings of private friendship and esteem, on which you have permitted me to offer this dedication. And most sincere is the gratification I experience in recording these sentiments.
Ere you can receive this, the wide waste of waters and half the globe will be between us; and, as far as short-sighted man can judge, it is probable that we shall meet no more, unless in the presence of Him before whom we must one day give account of
of our respective stewardships. Deeply as I regret being thus deprived of the opportunities (few as they were) of " taking sweet counsel together," I derive from the circumstance at least one consolation—it effectually secures this humble tribute from all semblance, or suspicion of flattery.
Many coincidences in our career, known to you, but not necessary to be explained here, contributed to increase the gratification I felt in being selected to preach on your consecration, but none more than that of having my name associated with one who, I have good reason to hope, will, by the help of the Holy Ghost, prove himself a true Israelite, a worthy successor of the Apostles, and a good Bishop of that Episcopal Church of which the faithful Martyrs, and pious and learned defenders, will one day “shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” I know full well that your field is an arduous one, that many a thorn and briar is planted there, and many a snare and stumbling block will be laid for your feet. But I trust that your prayers and ours on your consecration were not vain. May they have reached the Mercy Seat,—and may you find yourself strong
“ In His dear might who walk'd the wave,”