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THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
AT GREAT ST. MARY'S,
YEARS' M.DCCC.XXX AND M.DCCC.XXXI.
TO WHICH IS ADDED
A REPRINT OF
A SERMON PREACHED BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY
ON COMMENCEMENT SUNDAY, M.DCCC.XXVI.
BY HUGH JAMES ROSE, B.D.
CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, AND
DEAN OF BOCKING.
Printed by J. SMITH, Printer to the University,
FOR J. & J. J. DEIGHTON, CAMBRIDGE,
AND RIVINGTONS, LONDON.
To JOSHUA WATSON, Esq.
MY DEAR Sir,
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