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In the following Memoir* nothing has
been introduced but what is authentic.-. Mrs. Savage left, in her own hand-writing, a Diary of many volumes, commencing with the year 1686, and continued, with few intervals, to her death. Thence, chiefly, the narrative has been compiled. All the extracts, unless otherwise mentioned, are given from those volumes.
The great number of her papers, generally of superior excellence, rendered
* The only account of Mrs. Savage, and that a very brief one, which, it is believed, has ever been written, may be seen in the Christian Observer, vol. iv, p.
selection difficult. It has been my aim, however, to avoid tediousness, and to introduce only fair examples illustrative of each particular into which her character has been divided. In doing this, as well as in the general plan, I have followed Mr. Orton, in his useful Life of Dr. Doddridge.
Of the Appendix little need be said. It is rather bulky, but, I hope, neither prolix nor irrelevant. For the Memoir of Mr. Owen, I am responsible. The facts were principally obtained from a life of him written, soon after his death, by his brother, Dr. Charles Owen, and long since become scarce. The other articles are from Manuscripts never before published, and a reference, as to authenticity, is made, in each, for the reader's satisfaction.
To the descendants of Mrs. Savage, and also to Mrs. Ireland, of Wem, I embrace this opportunity of renewing my acknowledgments, as well for their