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BY T, COMBE, M.A., E. B. GARDNER, E. P. HALL, AND H. LATHAM, M.A.
PRINTERS TO THE UNIVERSITY,
The Essays contained in this Second Series were written with the
same purpose as those which have been already published, and on the same plan. They are lectures, in which it has been my object to state the social facts of the time in which the individual, whose history is handled, took part in public business. Hence, as before, each person is introduced to my reader with a prefatory account of certain circumstances which influenced society at the time.
Three of the men whose place in history I have attempted to expound were ecclesiastics. But I have not referred, except in so far as it was necessary for me to do so, to the theological tenets which they entertained. Two of these ecclesiastics were notably political clergymen; by which I mean, that they used the authority of their function in order to disseminate or enforce their political theories. The third was only historically a clergyman, for the