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life and work, his example and ministry, within the reach of all; and to reveal his mind by printing some of his spiritual letters, a species of literature which is not very prolific amongst us. There are some subjects touched upon about which there is considerable diversity of opinion; in these pages will be found his mind upon them. His sympathies were broader than his convictions.
From these letters (for letters are personal revelations) will be seen the spirituality of his mind, his elevation above all that is earthly or self-seeking, his warmth of affection, his intense delight in natural beauty, and his loyal faithfulness to the Church of England.
His love for God seemed to quicken his natural sensibilities. He delighted in beautiful ceremonial, but in other respects his sympathies were with the early Tractarians, and he deplored in teaching and ritual whatever he thought went beyond the doctrine and practice of the English Church.
I take this opportunity of thanking all those who have kindly entrusted to my care letters which they had received from Canon Carter, or given me any help. To select from the letters those which seemed suitable for publication has been a matter of no small difficulty. I have also to thank the representatives of Dr. Pusey, Dr. Liddon, Dr. Bright, etc., for allowing me to make use of some of their communications.
It is hoped that the following pages may have caught something of the spirit of the Warden of Clewer, and may preserve some of the elements of his character for admiration and imitation. Such saintliness as his, is the best evidence of the truth and reality of the English Communion as a part of the True Church.
W. H. H.
KIRBY MISPERTON RECTORY,
PART OF HOUSE OF MERCY, WITH WEST END OF CHAPEL
BRONZE IN CLEWER CHURCH
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