As it is desirable to advert as brieﬂy as possible to matters merely personal, I shall content myself with stating, that the plan of the annexed compila~ tion originated with my friend, the late Bishop Copleston, to whose varied acquirements I need hardly have alluded in the year 1830, when the first edition was published. It is scarcely necessary to subj oin, what will be obviously inferred, that, as the most convenient method of explaining my views on some points, I have interwoven with my answer to his Lordship's letter some remarks not originally contained in it. The diary of the king's proceed ings, according to the plan recommended, will pre cede the tracts, of the material parts of which it is intended to form an abstract. October 20, 1827. MY dear sir, — The interest I expressed to you.