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CATHOLIC TRUTH SOCIETY

69 SOUTHWARK BRIDGE ROAD, S.E.
245 BROMPTON ROAD, S.W.; 22 PATERNOSTER Row, E.C.

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PUBLIC LIBRARY

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ASTOR, LINOX AND
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1944

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In my early childhood I knew of no church other than that in which my father ministered, and. was vaguely conscious thật from it there were some dissidents. These were spoken of.in. thię county as Ranters, in the town as Wesleyans and..Quakers, the only sects with which I was, however slīghely:brought in contact.

The village in which we lived was in the Somersetshire coal-field ; the fabric of the church was disgraceful, but no one had dreamed of restoration, the communion-table was a plain four-legged piece of carpentry without a cover, such as might have stood in our kitchen, the whole Service, when there was no Communion, was read in the desk, the Sacrament was administered about four or five times in the year; the surplice was a full white gown unrelieved by any stole or scarf. My father's reading of the prayers was grave and dignified, his doctrine old-fashioned orthodox, his sermons moral essays far over the heads of his congre

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