Excerpt from Geology and Genesis: A Reconciliation of the Two Records
Many readers, it is said, pass over the preface; and yet almost every book that appears is preceded by one. But whether prefaces are read or not, the fact that they are written shows that, by the writers at least, they are deemed of some importance. The author of the present volume is glad that the practice prevails; and he means to take advantage of it, to request the ear of the reader, for a few moments, to one or two matters that could not find a place in the body of the work.
First of all, a word concerning the appearance of this work at the present time: - There must be a spice of vanity, latent or developed, in any man who writes a book, and gives it to the public.
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