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HARVARD
COLLEGE
LIBRARY

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1841, by

HARPER & BROTHERS, In the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New York.

EDITOR'S PREFACE.

The matter contained in the following pages has been taken from a work under the same name, in three volumes. This larger work is somewhat miscellaneous in its character, treating of many particulars but remotely related to the general subject. These have been excluded from the present edition, and such portions only have been retained as appeared to be strictly appropriate to the title of the book. The author's manner of writing is not a little peculiar, being discursive, abrupt, and irregular: at the same time, he abounds in interesting facts, in striking sentiments, and in beautiful imagery; in rich classical allusions, and in illustrations at once novel, and in a high degree impressive. Whoever reads this volume can hardly fail of deriving

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