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SKETCHES

OF

ENGLISH LITERATURE

VOL. I.

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PREFACE.

THIS View of English Literature, which is to precede my translation of Milton, consists of

1. Some detached pieces of my early studies, corrected in style, rectified with regard to opinions, enlarged or condensed, as relates to the text.

2. Various extracts from my Memoirs ; extracts which happened to be connected directly, or indirectly with the work which I here submit to the public.

3. Recent researches relative to the subject of these volumes.

I have visited the United States; I have lived eight years an exile in England; after residing in London as an emigrant, I have returned thither as ambassador. I believe that I am as thoroughly acquainted with English as a man can be with a language foreign to his own.

I have read most conscientiously all that it

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