Excerpt from The Sunday School Prayer Book
The writer offers the present work as an attempt more to suggest than to realize the above ideal. It is based upon a work prepared nearly three years ago for his own Sunday school, and which has been in successful use ever since. But sensible 0f the many imperfections in its first form he has long contemplated the issue of this edition. In its preparation, besides availing himself of the suggestions made by its prac tical working under his own observation, he was able also to ascertain the mind and necessity of the Church at large by dispersing hundreds of copies over the country, sending them to bishops, clergy, and superintendents known to be interested and experienced in the Sunday-school work, and requesting the most free and candid criticism. The application was met in the spirit that it was made, and he would gratefully acknowledge the obligation under which he has been placed by eminent authorities from all quarters. The suggestions of chief value were those relating to the construction of the de votional forms according to liturgical rules, and sometimes to the niceties of doctrinal statement, without which no real re semblance to the prayer-book could be attained. For this his obligation is so great that he cannot forbear to mention the names of Bishops Williams, Whittingham, Alfred Lee, Alonzo Potter, Bowman, and Burgess, and the Reverend Drs. Coxe, Howe, F. D. Huntington, and Muhlenberg.
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