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WAUGH AND INNES, EDINBURGH; CHALMERS AND COLLINGS, GLASGOW; M. KEENE;
JOHN PLUMPTRE, D.D.
DEAN OF GLOUCESTER,
REV. P. SKELTON'S WORKS
MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,
TRIFLING MARK OF ESTEEM.
To those who admire sound argument and genuine piety, illustrated and enlivened by genius, we trust that we shall perform an acceptable service in presenting a new and uniform Edition of Skelton's Works, which, as their merit is rare, have lately become proportionably, scarce.
To make this more complete than former editions, all the productions of the Author have been inserted, with his Life prefixed; and, doubtless, if any man is entitled to the tribute of Biography, Skelton possesses, an undeniable, claim. If our Author had not been distinguished for any intellectual superiority, if he had pot appeared as the zealous and acute defender of religious truth, but had been satisfied with the glory of good actions, without aspiring to the reputation of an able writer ; his life was a specimen of such extraordinary virtue, as. should never be forgotten in a Christian community. To devote, as he did, his wbole energy of body and mind to the laborious and unostentatious duties to be discharged in obscure parishes of a desolate coun. try--to divest himself of self-interest so entirely, as to consider his poor and ignorant parishioners as his