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FATHER ROWLAND;

OR, THE

Force of Truth:

CATHOLIC TALE OF NORTH AMERICA

EDITED AND ENLARGED

BY A CATHOLIC BISHOP.

"This is the Holy Church, the One Church, the True Church, the Catholic Church, which combats all heresies. She may fight, but she cannot be overcome. All heresies have gone out from her, like useless branches lopped off from the vine, but she remains in her root, in her vine, in her charity. The gates of hell shall not overcome her."

S. AUGUST. Sermo. de Symbol, ad Catechumenos.

LONDON:

RICHARDSON AND SON,

172, FLEET STREET; 9, CAPEL STREET, DUBLIN;

AND DERBY.

249. t. 681.

PREFACE.

THE tale upon which the following history is founded, was originally published in America. Its great merits, and the fact, that the principal characters depicted in it, were well known to have lived during the war of independence, rendered it generally popular. The editor of the present volume considered that some judicious changes might be made in the plot, which would render it more interesting, and that additions might be made to various parts of the work, which would more fully exhibit the real nature of Catholic doctrines. He has, therefore, taken great liberties with the original, both by addition and otherwise, in the hope that it would more effectually promote the cause of our holy religion in these countries, where, notwithstanding all the pains that have been taken to the contrary, it is so grievously misrepresented.

Dublin, February 1, 1837.

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