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LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, AND GREEN,

PATERNOSTER-ROW.

1831.

LONDON: Printed by A. & R. Spottiswoode,

New-Street-Square,

PREFATORY NOTICE.

less one.

That nothing may be found in the following pages but what has been set forth more ably before, will not, I trust, be deemed any good reason for considering this publication as a use

In the present times the multitudes of new works following each other in rapid succession, which the most diligent reader can scarcely overtake, yet is unwilling entirely to relinquish, is a very unfavourable circumstance for acquiring the information to be found in the old, and makes former authors to be very much neglected and forgotten. It is from short works and periodical publications that our young people now receive their information and impressions; and what may be perused at one continued sitting, will often give the mind clearer ideas, and impulses more invigorating, than lengthened and recondite writings of far greater learning and ability. Nay, the very deficiencies and wants of a concise work will sometimes set a young person to think for himself, who might, perhaps, at the conclusion of

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