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JOHN WILEY, 161 BROADWAY.

AND 13 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON.

1849

Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1849, by

HENRY B. STANTON,

in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern

District of New York.

8. W. BENEDICT,

Stereo. and Print, 16 Spruce St.

PREFACE.

This Book aims to give a summary view of the most important general Reforms, which have been effected or attempted in Great Britain and Ireland, from the period of the French revolution down to the present time. Neither history nor biography has been attempted, but the work aspires to be only what its title indicates-Sketches. Large parts of it have recently appeared, from time to time, in the National Era, of Washington; no expectation being then entertained that it would assume any other form of publication. The present occasion has been embraced to revise and reärrange the whole, and by condensation and pruning off repetitions, to make room for considerable additions to the list of subjects discussed, and individuals noticed. It is even now incomplete, many men and things, which deserve a place here, being left out-some because I may underrate their relative importance others because the limits of this work will allow only of selections. Still, it is believed that no important subject has been wholly omitted ; though, on account of the vast number of those worthy to be called Reformers, it has been found impossible to make

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