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MIRA C’LES AND SPECIAL PRO VIDENUES.

IT is my privilege to enjoy the friendship of a select
number of religious men, with whom I converse frankly
upon theological subjects, expressing without disguise the
notions and opinions I entertain regarding their tenets, and
hearing in return these notions and opinions subjected to
criticism. I have thus far found them liberal and loving
men, patient in hearing, tolerant in reply, who know how
to reconcile the duties of courtesy with the earnestness of
debate. From one of these, nearly a year ago, I received
a note, recommending strongly to my attention the volume
of “ Bampton Lectures ” for 1865, in which the question of
miracles is treated by Mr. Mozley. , Previous to receiving
this note, I had in part made the acquaintance of the Work,
through the able and elaborate review of it which had ap-
peared in the Times. The combined effect of the letter
and the review was to make the book the companion of
my summer tour in the Alps. There, during the wet and
snowy days which were only too prevalent last year, and
during the days of rest interpolated between days of toil,
I made myself more thoroughly conversant with Mr. Moz-
ley’s volume. I found it clear and strong—an intellectual
tonic, as bracing and pleasant to my mind as the keen air
of the mountains was to my body. From time to time I
jotted down my thoughts regarding it, intending afterward,
if time permitted, to work them up into a coherent whole.

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