The following is from Bennett's first advertisement for this work.
"This remarkable work has attracted very unusual attention in England. It is the work of a brilliant young Lord with Christian parents, and who was brought up in the Christian faith, and who upon investigation and reflection became a decided unbeliever, the result of which is the elaborate work here named, and which took him several years to prepare. While he was writing the work his amiable wife was taken away by the hand of death, and to her he dedicated the forthcoming volumes. Soon after the work was completed, and before it came from the hands of the publisher, Lord Amberley himself closed his eyes in death. He died serenely, with the full conviction of the truthfulness of the work he had written. His mother, Countess Russell, although a Christian, was so devoted to her deceased son that she caused his work to be published, and in her introduction to the book spoke as follows:
"Ere the pages now given to the public had left the press, the hand that had written them was cold, the heart — which few could know the loving depth — had ceased to beat. The far-ranging mind was forever still, the fervent spirit at rest. Let this be remembered by those who read, and add solemnity to the solemn purpose of the book. May those who find in it their most cherished beliefs questioned or condemned, their surest consolation set at nought, remember that he had not shrank from pain and anguish to himself, as one by one, he parted with portions of that faith, which, in boyhood and early youth had been the mainspring of his life," etc."
"The fact that the powerful friends of Lord John Russell, and notably the Duke of Bedford, made many exertions to arrest the publication of Lord Amberley's work, caused still greater interest in the remarkable book, and this interest has extended to this country There has been much enquiry for it."
"The undersigned will bring it out as soon as possible. The English edition is issued in two octavo volumes, containing over 1,000 pages, and sells at $15.00, in cloth. The undersigned will bring it out unabridged in one volume of about 1,000 pages, at the very low price of $3.00 in cloth, $4.00 in colored leather, red burnished edges, $4.50 in Morocco, gilt edges, etc. Those wishing a copy will please notify the publisher." D. M. Bennett.