Excerpt from The Rockite: An Irish Story
Although the narrative here given is rather a combination Of incidents, occurring to different per sons, and in different places, than the strictly veracious history of an individual, nothing is over glrawn - nothing can be overdrawn in pourtraying the horrors of a system at this day in full and ri pened Operation: neither has the cheering augury of widely extending good, by spiritual means in the hands-of spiritual men, been in any wise falsified. Blessed be God! There are rnousau Ds, yea, tens Of thousands, who, having been wrapped in the deepest gloom of papery when this work was written, are now either swelling the ranks Of Christ's militant church on earth, or echoing the song of the re deemed in his triumphant church above. Not, as some fondly anticipated, by means of that fatal sur render of our national faith, but in spite of it; not by impiously mutilating the word of God to suit the motley creeds of Papist, Socinian, and Atheist; not by patronising and maintaining a nest of perseviii preface TO the third edition.
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