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leaves unsaid what the cyclopædias say, it is to be understood as part of my method.

The style I have used may be regarded as sometimes too familiar for the subject. But I hope my book may be read largely by young people; I hope it may be read aloud in classes devoted to the study of literature; and I have therefore used a colloquial tone, hoping by this means more easily to gain the interest and the ear of the reader.

I have used the words " our literature," " our English authors," all through the book with intention. Writing as I do for American readers, for the young people of our country, I have endeavored to impress on them a pride in the works written in their language; I want them to feel that they have as much share and as much cause for pride in the glorious names of Shakespeare and Milton as if their grandfathers had not crossed the ocean to settle in Massachusetts or Virginia. English literature to the year 1800 is as much our literature as it is that of any girl or boy born in London or in Yorkshire. Let us lay hold of and claim this grand inheritance.

A. S. R.

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