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BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE HOLY SEE, With an Appendix containing the Papal Allocution of March 1877, and an English translation.

Crown 8vo, 5s.

ESSAYS ON RELIGION AND LITERATURE, By various Writers. Edited by Cardinal Manning.

Third Series.

Crown 8vo, ios. 6d.

HENRY S. KING & CO., LONDON.

manning, Henry Edward, cardinal, 1808-1892

THE TRUE STORY

OF THE

VATICAN COUNCIL.

BY

HENRY EDWARD, 4:1,

CARDINAL ARCHBISHOP OF WESTMINSTER,

HENRY S. KING & Co., LONDON..

1877. .

The rights of translation and of reproduction are rescrved. PREFACE.

This brief Story of the Vatican Council was written at the request of two lay friends, who thought that a true and sufficient estimate of the Council was seldom to be found in what is called public opinion. I call it a Story, because to write a History of the Vatican Council would be the work of a man's life. Slight as I know it to be, I know it also to be true. The facts narrated rest partly upon the authority of the Archbishop of Florence, and none can be more amply provided with documents; and partly upon that of the Secretary of the Council, the Bishop of St. Polten. To this I may also add that, for many details, I have before me the Diary of a very learned and distinguished Bishop present in the Council ; and also my own knowledge of facts of which I was personally a witness.

ARCHBISHOP's House, WESTMINSTER, September 8th, 1877.

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