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For the Use of Schools and Readers
ELIZABETH KIMBALL KENDALL, M.A.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY IN WELLESLEY COLLEGE
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BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.
Norwood Press 7. S. Cusbing & Co.—Berwick & Smith
Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.
The purpose of this little book is stated elsewhere, but a few words of explanation are in place here. In the selection of materials I have endeavoured to use extracts which were of real value for purposes of study, and yet of a nature to arouse the interest of the boy or girl of sixteen. No attempt has been made to treat of every important event or aspect of English history. I have rather sought to bring together extracts illustrating the dominant interest of each period. It may seem that a disproportionate share of the extracts is given to the later times. I have felt that this departure from the practice of most histories and text-books was justified by the great difficulty in gaining access to the original materials of the history of the last three centuries. Effort has been made to use the earliest or best edition available, and to reproduce the text with exactness. In some cases, however, the spelling has been deliberately modernised. This has been done wherever I feared that the difficulties of the original form might check the interest of the student.
I am under much obligation to many writers, editors, and publishers, without whose generous courtesy the preparation of this book would have been impossible. Thus it is by the liberality of Mr. D. Nutt, and of Messrs. G. Putnam's Sons, and of the several editors, that I am able to print Extracts 22, 27, 31, 33, 37, and 41. Dr. Lupton and the delegates of the Clarendon Press have kindly given me permission to use Extract 62; Messrs. G. Bell and Sons, to use Extracts 90 and 93 ; Mr. Henry Lucy and Messrs. Cassell and Com