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MOST REVEREND FATHER IN GOD,
WILLIAM LAUD, D.D.
SOMETIME LORD ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY.
DEVOTIONS, DIARY, AND HISTORY.
JOHN HENRY PARK E R.
v 29 1909 CD -36
THE present volume contains four separate works of Archbishop Laud.
I. The Summary of Devotions, reprinted from the first genuine Edition, printed in Oxford in 1667, from the original MS. preserved in St. John's College. As the MS. has unhappily been lost; it seemed the best course to follow accurately the above named Edition, which was published during the lifetime of Dr. Bayly, Dean of Salisbury, and President of St. John's College, the Archbishop's Executor, and his nephew by marriage. The original MS. had been seized, with the Archbishop's other papers, by Prynne, and after its restoration to the Archbishop, had passed, doubtless, with such of his other papers as had escaped the general wreck, into the hands of his Executor. The first part of the Devotions, reaching to the end of the paragraph headed 'Morbus,' (p. 51 of the present Edition,) had previously appeared in 1650, and 1663, under the title of “ Officium Quotidianum, or, A Manual of Private Devotions, by the Most Reverend Father in God, Dr. William Laud, late Lord Archbishop of Canterbury.” This has been collated for the present reprint, and any important variations noticed.
After the publication of the Oxford Edition of 1667, there appeared the following:
1667. London, in smaller size than the Oxford Edition of the same year,
and with only the Lambeth imprimatur. 1683. Under the following title, “The Daily Office of a Christian, being
the Devotions of the Most Reverend Father in God, Dr. William Laud, late Archbishop of Canterbury. The Fourth Edition. Wherein