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Mr. Landor has said in one of his exquisite dedications, that it is an insult to any man to request his leave to dedicate a book to him, because it is a request to be allowed to praise or perhaps to flatter him. The principle is generally, though not universally, true.
Yet in acting on it in the present case, I do not gain all the advantages which I might expect. It gives me the liberty indeed of indulging my strong feelings towards you, but it does not give me the power of expressing them. I am sensible too, that if I endeavoured to do so, the words, which to me would seem faint and unworthy, would be painful and perhaps offensive to you. I feel the same difficulty pressing on me, whether I speak as a private friend, or as a Minister of the Church of England, under a deep sense of the inestimable advantages which her cause has derived from exertions on your part, the extent and the fruits, of which I cannot describe from seal, from wisdom, from firmness and from munificence. Every friend of yours will join in my heartfelt prayer, that it may please God to preserve you long to us and to the Church of England. You will join heartily in the prayer that it may please Him to preserve His Church to us
and to you.
Ever, my dear Sir,
Most truly and affectionately yours,
HUGH JAMES ROSE.
May 10, 1831.
* Preached also, with alterati before the Lord Mayor and Aldermen,
at Christ Church, Newgate, London, as the Spital Sermon for 1830.