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Excerpt from Lectures on the History of the Eastern Church
The Lectures on the Russian Church are intended as an introduction to a where Of history which pro bablv will, in each succeeding generation, grow in importance. If this volume should fall into the hands Of any Of those Russians whose hospitality I enjoyed during my stay at Moscow in 1857, I trust that they will pardon, not only the inaccuracies in detail which a stranger can hardly escape, but the divergence Of the general point Of view from which a western European must regard the Church and State of Russia. There is an expressive proverb written over the house of Arch bishop Plato in the forests Of the Troitza Convent, Let not him who comes in here carry out the dirt that he finds within. If this precept is not altogether practicable for an traveller, I can yet truly say that my chief impressions are those Of gratitude for the intelligence and courtesy with which I was re ceived, both among laymen and ecclesiastics. It is a pleasure to me to hope that those kind friends at Moscow, to whom I would especially commend this part of my volume, may receive it as a token of sincere hope and good will for their country in this great crisis Of its social existence, and its entrance on the thousandth anniversary of the foundation of their Empire.
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