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THE NATIONAL QUARTERLY REVIEW.
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS.
It is at once the most learned, most brilliant, and most attractive of all their (the American) periodicals.-London Spectator.
It certainly exhibits high culture and marked ability.-London Saturday Review. More than a year ago we ranked it with the best of our own Quarterlies, and it certainly has not lagged since in ability or vigor.-London Daily News.
Il (the Editor) a mérité l'estime de nos savants par d'importants travaux comme critique sur la haute éducation, aussi bien que la littérature.—Indépendance belge, Brussels.
La clarté, l'ordre, la précision du style; ce que les Anglais appellent humour, et parfois l'ironie, sont les qualités qui distinguent la NATIONAL QUARTERLY REVIEW au-dessus de tout autre journal littéraire américain.-Le Pays, Paris.
This REVIEW stands unrivalled in America for all that constitutes literary excellence.Canadian Post.
It is altogether a valuable journal, breathing a cosmopolitan spirit, and should receive encouragement in this province.-Toronto Leader.
Its articles are of the first order for vigor, comprehensiveness and ability.-National Intelligencer.
The most animated and vigorous of all our quarterlies, and will sustain a comparison with the best European publications of its class.-Boston Traveller.
This REVIEW certainly stands now at the head of American critical literature, and is so esteemed in Europe.-Philadelphia Press.
Its critical estimates of moral and literary merits and demerits are honest, clear, and almost always trustworthy.-New York Independent.
This work is well conducted, ably written, and more than all, interestingly useful. Every good citizen should desire to sustain it for its healthful, moral spirit.-Philadelphia Inquirer. The ablest, most independent, most liberal and best adapted to popular progress among the American people, of all the Quarterlies published or re-published in the Union.-Portland Advertiser.
One of the most useful and valuable literary organs within reach of the American reader. -Chicago Tribune.
Superior to any other secular magazine publication in America, and in no manner surpassed by any European Review.—Cincinnati Catholic Telegraph.
All lovers of solid literature and masterly criticism should possess it.-Cleveland Christian Standard.
It is a model of good taste and good sense, of sound judgment and pure diction, of earnest scholarship and patient research, of critical ability and enlarged liberality.-Baltimore Underwriter.
It combines great learning with vigor of style and fearless utterance.-Boston Journal. This is the ablest Quarterly in the country. It is conservative, but not partisan, scholarly, but not pedantic, learned, and still practical.-Portland Argus.
We have been often struck with the sterling qualities of this periodical, which is an honor to our literature and a monument to our national reputation.-Baltimore Catholic Mirror. Really great in literary worth. Its contributors rank among the most noted men of the age.-Boston Traveller.
A peculiarly able magazine-one that ranks equal with any ever published in the history of magazine publications.-Washington Capital.
The NATIONAL is indispensable to those who wish to be abreast of the times.-Baptist Weekly.
This is a periodical of the highest order. It surpasses most Quarterlies in the depth and reach of its investigations. Its elaborate articles on government, jurisprudence, and ethics, are among the ablest that find expression anywhere. A model of typographical beauty; its pages are book-like in dignity and grace; its character eminent among the thinkers of the country; and its place in literature distinct and important.-Methodist Recorder.
[FOUNDED BY EDWARD I. SEARS, LL.D.]
DAVID A. GORTON, M. D.
CHARLES H. WOODMAN,
Pulchrum est bene facere reipublicæ, etiam bene dicere haud absurdum est.
VOL. XL. No. LXXIX, OF FIRST SERIES.
THE NATIONAL QUARTERLY REVIEW.
Copyright, 1880, by the NATIONAL QUARTERLY Review.
Typography of Thompson & Moreau, 51 & 53 Maiden Lane, N. Y.
CONTENTS OF No. XI.
3. English Writers. Writers before Chaucer: with Introductory Sketch