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OF THE PLAN OF THE EDITION.
It was through a series of designs successively adopted and abandoned that I arrived at the idea of the short work which I here lay before the public; and although I shall not detain the reader with a history of discarded projects, yet I must request his attention through a few pages to an explanation of that which has been persevered in, in order that I may anticipate any charge of omission by declaring at the outset the character of the undertaking. The attention which has of late been drawn to the writings of the Fathers is matter of notoriety to every person of ordinary information, and various methods have been employed to place their sentiments and doctrines within reach of all who were likely to benefit by the knowledge. A very competent society in the sister University has consulted the habits of two classes of readers by publishing an accurate text and a faithful translation of the several authors in question ; and amongst ourselves, the resident members have not only been instructed on the subject by the authority of public lectures, but they have received a stimulus to private exertion, and there will probably be many who will carry into country retirement the advice of their teacher', and after his suggestion, apply themselves to
Introductory Lecture of the Lady Margaret Professor, pp. 13—15.