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REV. CORNELIUS NEALE, M. A.
FORMERLY FELLOW OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDge.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED HIS
SERMONS, NOTES, AND VARIOUS OTHER COMPOSITIONS,
COLLECTED AND EDITED BY
THE REV. WILLIAM JOWETT, M.A.
LATE FELLOW OF ST. JOHN's college, CAMBRIDGE.
CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS, AND EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTETH ITSELF
To some of those intimate friends, who, after a lapse of ten years, still hold the subject of this Memoir in most affectionate remembrance, it may have been a matter of mingled surprise and regret that an authentic account of his Life and Death was not sooner drawn up, and that his papers were not earlier arranged, so as to be presented in a permanent form. The performance of this office of friendship having, after so long a period, devolved on me, some brief explanation of the causes of delay may be expected.
To become, even in this limited sense, the Biographer of my dear deceased friend, was a thought that had, till a year ago, never once entered my mind. At the time of his death I was occupied by missionary duties in
the Mediterranean; from which scene of labour I was not finally withdrawn till nearly eight years after. after. In the course of last year, however, happening to spend some time near his family, I sought the opportunity of ascertaining from his bereaved partner whether there might not be materials worthy of pre servation among his papers; and, moreover, whether something might not be done towards securing to his children, and his immediate friends, records which (from a few letters I had formerly received) I was induced to suppose would prove interesting and useful.
The result of the conversations and correspondence which ensued, showed me,first, that "the half had not been told me of those touching and instructive circumstances which attended my friend's conversion; and, next, that there were various papers left by him, which it would be very desirable to collect and arrange.
The minute account which I then, almost for the first time, received concerning his conversion, and his truly Christian course from that period till his removal from this world to his eternal rest, appeared to be not only very remarkable, but calculated to impress upon the minds of some, moving in a
similar walk of literary cultivation, peculiar benefits of a religious nature. To obtain this account in writing, I suggested to Mrs. Neale to forward it to me in the form of a letter; which, not without much painful exertion, she was enabled to effect. At the same time his papers were transmitted to me, accompanied with another letter, some extracts from which will explain the causes of the delay already alluded to, in preparing any thing for the press. Mrs. Neale writes,
"I inclose the papers you wished to see; together with a faithful, though it may be, too particular, account of the latter part of the life of one whose early friendship I know you entirely possessed; of one whom, I also know, you loved and valued.
"The unfeigned deep humility and genuine unobtrusiveness of character of my dear husband made it doubtful in the minds of his dearest friends as to the permission which he would have given to the most private circulation of any of his papers. He made it one of his requests to me in his last illness, that no account should be sent of his last hours to the periodical publications of the day; naming two of them particularly :because he was afraid that the partiality of