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LETTERS FROM ABROAD.

BY THE

REV. CANON CLAYTON, M.A.,

RECTOR OF STANHOPE, AND EXAMINING CHAPLAIN TO THE

LORD BISHOP OF RIPON.

BIBLIOTHECA

JAN 1879
PODLELAKI

SEELEY, JACKSON, & HALLIDAY, FLEET STREET,

LONDON. MDCCCLXXVIII.

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NOTICE.

The following letters appeared first in 1877, in the localized Stanhope Magazine. They were addressed, month by month, to the parishioners of Stanhope, under the title, “A Voice from a Foreign Land.” They appear to have interested my own people, and also others into whose hands they came. It is hoped that, by God's blessing, the letters will be made useful in this more permanent form. This will be the case if the readers are led, by what follows, to be more jealous of any departure from the teaching of our Reformed Church, and are also made to prize more highly the Lord's Day and God's inspired Word.

Stanhope Rectory.

July 19th, 1878.

LETTERS FROM ABROAD.

LETTER I.

I HAVE thought that it may prove interesting to you, my parishioners and friends, and also be a relief to Mr. Wagstaff, if during my absence from England I supply month by month, for our Stanhope Magazine, some observations and reflections concerning these far-away places.

Through God's protecting care, I arrived here safely on Saturday evening, having left Stanhope on Monday morning. Had I wished, I could have travelled this distance of 1,000 miles more rapidly; but, in my present state of health, I thought it prudent not to expose myself to unnecessary fatigue. I will narrate my proceedings day by day, in order.

On Monday (Jan. 1), I quitted my now desolate Rectory with very different feelings from those with which I had usually left home before. I was beginning the new year as a solitary pilgrim, without my beloved companion ; alone, as it were, in the world, and yet not alone; for I trust that, through God's

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