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REV. WILLIAM NEWMAN, D.D.
MORE THAN FORTY YEARS
PASTOR OF THE BAPTIST CHURCH AT OLD PORD:
PRESIDENT & THEOLOGICAL TITOR OF THE ACADEMICAL INSTITUTION AT STEPNEY
That to conciliate is, in part at least, the intention of a preface, seems to be so generally acknowledged, that its omission might almost be construed into neglect of public opinion, or indifference to a favourable reception. Deprecating such an imputation, and desirous of deferring to a custom which, if it have no other merit, may assert its claim to high antiquity, and its near resemblance to the courtesy of ordinary life, the author, with all respect, would premise as follows :
Whatever of censure or commendation may be due to the biographer, on account of the manner in which his duties have been performed, the advantage to be derived by survivors, from perusing memorials of the departed, depends, principally, on