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LONDON: PRINTED BY H. SILVERLOCK (OF DOCTORS' COMMONS), AT THE GREAT EXHIBITION, CLASS 6, MACHINES 158 AND 161.

PREFACE.

WE close this, our First Volume, and stand upon the threshold of our second with feelings of hope and profound gladness. The era in which we move is one pregnant with importance-one which will engrave itself upon the leaves of Time in bold and beautiful relief. It is something to feel that we are linked with this eventful epoch-that we have caught a spark of its Promethean fire, and added to the brightness of its history.

Four months ago, when the civilized world was resounding with preparations for the great international Exposition, we ventured to pin our novel publication to the skirts of the giant, and thus found ourselves dragged into public favour. Once introduced into the arena, we boldly claimed approbation for the novelty of our design and the fulness of its execution. We spoke largely in our opening Address of the things which we intended to do, and the share we hoped to take in the mental progress of our day; that we have fulfilled much of this, the numberless flattering opinions passed upon us by the English press will afford a sufficient proof; and the kindly greeting which we have met with from the English people, has been our best reward. We have, however, much left before us that as yet remains unaccomplished, and which, owing to the limits of our pages, will take some time to develop. But we hope, before our labours are ended, to show the public which has so liberally favoured us with its approval, that we are no unworthy representative of the greatest epoch that could mark the progress of a nation towards the summit of civilization.

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