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LIFE AND ACTS
JOHN WHITGIFT, D.D.
THE THIRD AND LAST LORD ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY
IN THE REIGN OF QUEEN ELIZABETH.
The whole digested, compiled, and attested from Records, Registers,
choicest Libraries and Collections of the Kingdom.
PRIMATE OF ALL ENGLAND, AND METROPOLITAN, &c.
May it please your Grace, I HAVE now lived (by the gracious providence of God) to finish the Lives and Acts (as far as my collections would serve me) of the four first holy Archbishops of Canterbury, those wise and painful, great and good governors of this reformed Church of England. And as I have dedicated the accounts given of the three former unto two most worthy Archbishops of Canterbury, your Grace's immediate predecessors, with their good acceptance; so I take the assurance to offer this last unto yourself, truly deserving the same character.
And indeed to whom could I so fitly dedicate the history of this Archbishop, as to an Archbishop, who desires to tread in his steps, and to follow such a great example; and who reckons it the highest honour, as well. as truest satisfaction to himself so to do; (as your Grace piously hath been pleased sometime to declare ;) and who, it appears, makes the welfare, peace, and establishment of this Church your unfeigned care and concernment, as that active predecessor of your Grace did. And surely your