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NEW YORK:
CHARLES SCRIBNER, GRAND STREET.

LONDON:
SAMPSON LOW, SON & COMPANY.

X.DCCC.LX.

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EXTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by

CHARLES SCRIBNER, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of

New York.

JOHN F. TROW,
PRINTER, OTKREOTYPER AND KLECTROTYPER,

377 Broa (way.

PE 1072 M29 1860

MA IN

PREFACE.

In pursuance of a plan for enlarging the means of education afforded by Columbia College in the city of New York, courses of instruction, called Post-graduate Lectures, were organized in the summer of 1858. I was invited by the Trustees of that institution to give readings on the English language. The Lectures which compose the present volume were prepared and delivered in the autumn and winter of 1858-1859, and they are printed very nearly in their original form. The title “Post-graduate” and the Introductory Address sufficiently indicate the class of persons for whom they were designed. It was supposed that the course might extend through two terms, and the plan of the Lectures was arranged accordingly. The purpose of the first or introductory series was to excite a more

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