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LIFE AND CHARACTER
JOHN HO WE, M. A.
ANALYSIS OF HIS WRITINGS.
"AS A MINISTER, I HAVE DERIVED MORE BENEFIT FROM THE WORKS OF
ROBERT HALL, in conversation with the Author.
WITH FEELINGS OF GRATEFUL AFFECTION,
TO THE KIND FRIEND,
UNDER WHOSE ROOF THE GREATER PART OF IT WAS
AND IN WHOSE FAMILY
ENJOYED THE SOLACE OF A HOME, WHEN HIS OWN
HEARTH WAS DESOLATE.
Parkstone, Dorset, Feb. 20, 1836.
As the whole of this Volume, with the exception of forty pages, has been composed, corrected, and printed, in little more than three months, I cannot flatter myself that it will not betray, here and there, traces of haste, which a more severe revision would have obliterated. If such blemishes had been the consequence of needless precipitation, or of wilful negligence, I should feel that I had no right to solicit the indulgence of my readers ; --as they are not, I have no hesitation in doing so.
For certain reasons, with which it would be unpardonable in me to trouble the reader, it was exceedingly desirable, not to say necessary, that this work should be published in the spring of the present year. I began it at a period which would have allowed ample time to effect my purpose; but scarcely had I written the first chapter, when I was visited