Abbott refers to Flatland three times in this work discussing
his fifteen volume theological work, Diatessarica. He also
thanks Howard Candler, "the H.C. to whom Flatland was dedicated
many years ago. In this excerpt, he thanks John Llewelyn Davies for his
letter on Abbott's previous work, Silanus.
"...nation as the result of which I have made many alterations. Other
obligations are acknowledged where they occur. But I should like to add
here that the letter commented on in Chapter X was written to me, after an
inspection of the proofs of Silanus, by my old and valued friend
the Rev. J. Llewelyn Davies, D.D., Rector of Kirkby Lonsdale. His letter
was all the more useful to me because it frankly expressed dissent from my
views; and I owe him all the more thanks because he kindly allowed me to
use it, and to mention his name in connexion with it, though it had not
been written with any thought of publication.
Edwin A. Abbott.
9 March, 1907 "