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On the very day announced for the publication of this work in London, I have heard in Manchester, with the most painful feelings, of the unexpected death of Dr. Carson.
Too late, • alas! to revise the review of his work, I hastily forward to the
publishers this advertisement, if possible to be inserted, entreating the readers to construe every sentence which may appear to be severely expressed, as capable of explanation, considering that every word was written by me under the expectation of its being speedily subjected to the keen and powerful criticism of that lamented scholar. I can do no less than offer this feeble tribute of respect to a man of great talents, learning, and moral worth ; with whose opinions and arguments I have been brought into collision. I trust nothing in the heat of controversy has escaped me inconsistent with this acknowledgment. Some expressions would certainly have been modified, had I imagined he would never have seen them. In discharging this mournful duty, I may be permitted to cite from my Appendix one sentence, on which, as I look amidst many conflicting emotions, I find relief—“Conscious of infirmity, exposed to error, I ask our Baptist friends to unite with us in the prayer, (after all I have said, I would travel many miles to hear Dr. Carson offer it, and forget, as I am sure he would, every hard saying,) · The good Lord pardon every one that prepareth his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.'”-p. 486.
Manchester, August 31, 1844.