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INTRODUCTION.                       xxi
were remarked by all who knew him, made his society a great delight to all the Fathers associated with him. He was peculiarly gifted in attracting children; and he often invited small parties of boys to St. Mary's, where he entertained and instructed them as no one else could.
In 1854, he was made Doctor of Divinity; and in 1861, he founded an Association of Saint Peter, the sole object of which was to offer prayers for the Pope. He was regarded as the leader of English Catholics, and his mission was regarded as distinctly to educate them in the duties and ceremonies of the Church. With this end in view, he was indefatigable in writing and preaching and lecturing. In the eight years between January, 1853, and December, 1860, he wrote and published eight closely printed volumes.
On one occasion, having begun a course of lectures on the Immaculate Heart of Mary, he received letters from several hearers who objected to the doctrines taught. When the time for the second lecture came, he announced that he would not continue the course. " Because," said he, " I trust I know what is due to my Lady's honor better than to cast her pearls before swine." In the same spirit, he was terribly severe upon those who failed to carry out all the prescribed forms and ceremonies with the most scrupulous exactness.

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