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SPEECH

OF

EDMUND BURKE

ON

CONCILIATION WITH THE COLONIES

EDITED FOR SCHOOL USE

BY

MARY A. JORDAN, A. M.

PROFESSOR OF RHETORIC AND OLD ENGLISH IN SMITH COLLEGE.

GLOBE SCHOOL BOOK COMPANY

NEW YORK AND CHICAGO

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PREFACE.

This volume aims to accomplish three things: First, to guide teachers and students in their study of one of Edmund Burke's masterpieces. Second, to supply, in as compact form as may be, material difficult of access where there are not extensive libraries. Third, to stimulate the reader to thorough and independent thought along the lines laid down by Burke, and illuminated by the multitude of suggestive commentators, and historians, and critics who studied his work, or of men, in their own times possibly, more influential than Burke, but now forgotten. It is therefore one aim of the present editor to replace Burke in the conflict of opinion in which he lived and worked—to supply some of the material which was influential in forming his opinions and much of which is now known to be of American origin. This does not, of course, lessen Burke's essential greatness or even what we are wont to call his originality. It does, however, restore vitality and present significance to what, under the name of a masterpiece, is too often remote and un practical, though admittedly admirable.

The Introduction, therefore, attempts to give not only the editor's conclusions and suggestions, but a body of even contradictory opinion and impression dealing with Burke and his problems, and with the general methods of English government. In this way the student will be forced to study and weigh evidence and opinion, to the end that he may have conclusions of his own, for which he can give sound reasons, based on sound evidence.

The Notes, in more detailed fashion and with closer bearing on the form and substance of the “Speech on Conciliation,” make the same effort. In both Introduction and Notes, the work of other students on this subject has been

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