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IN TWO VOLUM E 8.

VOL. I.

NEW YORK:

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,

329 & 331 PEARL STREET,

FRANKLIN SQUARE.

1858.

General Library System
University of Wisconsin - Madison
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706-1494
U.S.A.

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The design of these volumes is to show, by ad. ducing numerous and striking examples of individ. uals distinguished by great intellectual attainments under circumstances the least favourable, that knowledge is not necessarily confined to any class or condition of men; but that it is open to and within the reach of all; so that whoever will, even under difficulties the most discouraging, may, by the help of courage and perseverance, apply him. self successfully to its pursuit. Considering the very engaging and instructive character of the work, and the important interests connected with the subject of which it treats, the publishers en. tertain a confident belief that it will be both for. vourably received and productive of extensive ar: permanent good.

This work, published originally by the British Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, has been carefully prepared from the last English edi.

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