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So multitudinous are the books on English History, that we deem ourselves called upon to say a few words.
The present volume owes its existence to the oftrepeated wish of the patrons of the little book, by the same authors, entitled “Outlines of English History”—(of which one hundred and seventy thousand copies have been already sold)—that a considerably-extended edition should be produced, for use in our universities and the higherclass schools, as well as in families.
We have at length endeavoured--may we hope successfully ?-to meet this wish. Our own confidence in the result is based on the fact, that we have, to the best of our ability, laboured diligently and zealously in the performance of our responsible duties, and have availed ourselves of the very numerous and recent authorities on the annals of our glorious fatherland.
London, June, 1860.