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W. R. WILDE, M. R. I. A.,

SECRETARY OF FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE TO THE ACADEMY.

Illustrated with numerous Wood Engravings.

DUBLIN:

PRINTED BY M. H. GILL,

PRINTER TO THE ACADEMY.

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PREFACE.

AT the Stated Meeting of the Royal Irish Academy on the 16th of March last, the following Resolution, proposed on the recommendation of the Council, was adopted:

"RESOLVED That the Council be authorized to expend a sum not exceeding £250, in the arrangement and cataloguing of the Museum."

The work of classifying and arranging the Museum, and also the preparation of the Catalogue, of which the first part is now published, was gratuitously undertaken by Mr. Wilde, who has devoted his time and labour to the task with an energy and zeal which entitle him to the warmest thanks of the Academy.

It is only fair to him to state that the difficulty of the undertaking was greatly increased by the circumstance that, almost during the whole period of his labours, the Museum was in the occupation of the workmen employed by the Board of Works in putting up glass-cases, &c., as well as in the painting and decoration of the Room.

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