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PUBLISHERS' NOTICE TO THE AMERICAN EDITION.
[In order to enable them to present this valuable work to the public at a reduced price, the American publishers have been obliged to make but one change, and that a change which nowise impairs the usefulness of the book. În place of the long preliminary chapter in the English edition, they have inserted a chapter from Mr. Arnold's - From Chaucer to Wordsworth.” In the opening sentence of the preface to the latter work, will be found the sufficient reason for the change. “As the following work,” says he, “ is designed chiefly for the use of those who know no other language but English, I have abridged much more than is usual that portion of the history which relates to the Saxon and Anglo-Norman times, during which all the important works that appeared in England were written in AngloSaxon, French, or Latin.”]