Excerpt from Life of Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury, Vol. 1 of 2The position occupied by Archbishop Tait in the public view made it inevitable that some biography of him should, ere long, be published. It is now more than eightMoreExcerpt from Life of Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury, Vol. 1 of 2The position occupied by Archbishop Tait in the public view made it inevitable that some biography of him should, ere long, be published.
It is now more than eight years since he died, and if it be asked why these volumes have not appeared more speedily, the answer must be found in the extent and variety of the work their preparation has involved. To give sustained attention to the subject has been at times impossible, owing to the constant pressure of duties of other kinds, and each interval in which the book was laid aside has involved fresh labour on its resumption. In place of the material on which biographers can usually rely, Archbishop Tait left behind him a mass of business correspondence, preserved with care, and in some periods well arranged.
Valuable as these letters will become hereafter, as giving a picture of the Church of England of our day, they are of comparatively little service for such a book as this. His letter-files contain about 62,500 letters.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books.
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