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THE APOSTOLICAL EPISTLES,
PHILIP NICHOLAS SHUTTLEWORTH, D.D.
LATE LORD BISHOP OF CHICHESTER.
RIVINGTONS, WATERLOO PLACE.
TO THE REVEREND
WILLIAM STANLEY GODDARD, D.D.
MY DEAR SIR,
THE motive for my request that I might be permitted to address the present volume to you was, that I might avail myself of the opportunity which it would afford me of publicly expressing my grateful acknowledgments for the real kindness and the truly valuable instruction which, at an important period of my life, I had the happiness of receiving from you, when placed under your care on the foundation of Winchester College. More than twenty-eight years have now elapsed since my removal from that seat of my early education; but the course of time has diminished nothing of the distinctness of recollection with which I at this moment look back to the uniform and impartial integrity displayed by you in the exercise of your high trust as Head Master of that establishment; your unremitting anxiety for the welfare of your pupils; and the judg
ment and ability with which you directed their studies. In expressing these sentiments, I feel that I am at the same time conveying those of every other member of the Wiccamical body, who has had a similar opportunity with myself for forming an opinion. Scanty as, from the operation of untoward circumstances, your reward has been in other respects, you have at least one, which to a mind like yours is far more valuable than the gratification of mere temporal ambition, in the sincere attachment and respect of those who owe to your fostering care their most important acquirements; and in the cheering retrospect of an highly useful and well-spent life. That you may long continue to enjoy these and all other blessings consistent with our mortal allotment, is, dear Sir, the sincere wish of
Your obliged friend and servant,
PH. N. SHUTTLEWORTH.
THE object of the present publication is to render the apprehension of the Apostolical Epistles easy and familiar to that numerous class of readers, who, from local or other disadvantages, cannot be expected to pursue without assistance the fine trains of reasoning which they contain, or to be able to explain those many incidental obscurities which the gradual change of manners and of language has inevitably introduced into them. In an age perfectly unexampled for its eager pursuit of religious knowledge, and for the vast influx of light which the researches of the learned have poured upon the profounder questions of theology, it cannot but be matter of surprise that so little should have been attempted in that humble walk of scriptural exposition, which without aiming at the discovery of any new and unexplored truths, strives only to render the study of the sacred writings more generally attractive and beneficial, by making them more accessible and intelligible. That some work, executed