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exposition of the decisions and of the principles on which

they have been made in the disputed matters of ritual. We have no comment to make except that Mr. Talbot seems to have studied his subject with much care, and that he gives a fairly complete account of the law as it now stands. Into the archasology of the various matters that have been in dispute he does not go. His modest volume of one hundred and sixty-seven pages would, of course, have been utterly insufficient for any such treatment. We may observe that the law is almost universally broken in more than one point. How few are the clergymen who content themselves with the simple surplice l And yet no other vestment is legal, except the academical hood at the Universities, and the cope at the administration of the Holy Communion in Cathedrals, where it is certainly not always used.