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PROFESSOR OF HISTORY AND OF ENGLISH LITERATURE IN QUEEN'S COLLEGE, BELFAST.

LONDON:

CHARLES GRIFFIN AND COMPANY,

STATIONERS' HALL COURT.

ADVERTISEMENT.

The present volume consists of so much of a larger work recently published on the same subject as seemed sufficient to make a conyenient and comprehensive text-book for schools and colleges, and to supply all the information needed by students in preparing themselves for the Civil Service and other competitive examinations. The concluding section is nearly all that has been added.

The reader will do well to keep in mind, or under his eye, the four following Schemes, or Synoptical Views, according to which the history of the English Language in its entire extent inay be methodized :

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