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At the feet of the Master I desire to serve,

I lay this little book, beseeching Him to regard it as a labour of love, and to use it as an aid to the faith of others in the inspired books of

Nature and of Revelation.

Removed from the happy town where this book was written, it only remains to add, that for many of the fossils figured in the following pages I am indebted to the kindness of the Rev. Mr. Meeke, at that time the Unitarian

Minister of Royston, whose cabinet was always

open to my use, and whose courtesy and catholic

kindness I thus desire to record; while to Miss Butler, one of my Geological class, I am indebted for all the drawings and devices which

will doubtless make this book more attractive

than it could otherwise have been.

In the words of Archdeacon Hare, I close

:

this brief prelection : “So imperfectly do we yet understand the redemption wrought for us by Christ; and so obstinate are we in separating what God has united, as though it were impossible for the Tree of Knowledge

to stand beside the Tree of Life. Yet in the

redeemed world they do stand side by side, and their arms intermingle and intertwine, so

that no one can walk under the shade of the

one, but he will also be under the shade of

the other."

W.G.B.

MANCHESTER,

July, 1855.

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