"PREFACE. The author's object in publishing the following pages is to communicate in a short work interesting and useful information which British travellers might find it difficult to collect without a search through many volumes. To attain this end he has generally confined himself to a statement of facts. A description of the mere walls of the Sixtine chapel would have been unsatisfactory ; the venerable hierarchy and exalted dignitaries assembled therein on occasions of solemnity are objects more worthy of consideration. He has endeavoured to impart to his subject the charm of antiquity by pointing out the connection of the present visible forms of the Roman church with those of by-gone ages; and that this account of the pontifical chapel might be more complete, he has added a few words on the peculiar music of its choir , reserving the principal ceremonies of the Roman church for similar publications which will speedily appear."
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