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PREFACE.

THIS plea has been uttered in part and in varying forms in several American cities. It here stands substantially as it was presented in St. Paul's Church, Boston, on the Friday noons of Lent, 1896, except that the address “ The New Freedom” was not then given. “The Authority of Truth” was also the basis of addresses made before the St. Paul's Society of Harvard University, before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Hobart College at Commencement, and at the Bi-Centennial Commencement of St. John's College. I have revised freely, but have retained the personal and hortatory form, and the circumstantial idioms of the St. Paul's Noon Services.

The interest, the doubt, I fear I must say the distress, and yet—on the part of somethe singular enthusiasm, which they evoked, have seemed to justify the printing of these words. I have nothing to add here. God

prosper my book if its teachings be truth. God confound and defeat it if its counsels run not with His will.

WILLIAM BAYARD HALE. MIDDLEBORO', Mass., St. Andrew's Day, 1896.

THE AUTHORITY OF TRUTH.

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