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In the edition of the Dramatic Works of Shakspeare now presented to the reader, it has been the design of the publishers, to give the text with as much accuracy as possible, accompanying it with such annotations only, as might be required for the purposes of illustration.
Those who are acquainted with the various editions, and with the results of the labor of commentators, will be aware that this task is not an easy one. The publishers believed that they could best accomplish it, by selecting the comprehensive and valuable edition of Mr. SINGER as the basis of theirs, so far as relates to the notes ; rejecting, however, such of those notes, and such portions of any of them, as appeared to be unnecessary, and inserting additional ones where they seemed likely to be useful., ;
The changes in botlı, these respects are so numerous, that there would have been no propriety in affixing to this edition the name of Mr. Singer ; but it would be injustice not to express to him the most important and constant obligations. The Preliminary