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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. In 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."]