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ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by
HOLT & WILLIAMS,
The translator has collated almost every passage mentioned by M. Taine, verified every quotation, and spared no pains to render this history of English literature worthy of its author and of its subject. A copious Index will be found at the end of the Second Volume.
H. VAN LAUN.
Mr. Van Laun is not responsible for the English rendering of the Author's Introduction.
EVEN at the present day, the historian of Civilisation in Europe and in France is amongst us, at the head of those historical studies which he formerly encouraged so much. I myself have experienced his kindness, learned by his conversation, consulted his books, and profited by that intellectual and impartial breadth, that active and liberal sympathy, with which he receives the labours and thoughts of others, even when these ideas are not like his own. I consider it a duty and an honour to inscribe this work to M. Guizot.
H. A. TAINE.