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THE present volume completes the original design.

It has happened that this, which, with reference to the subject, is the first in order of time, has been the last in the order of publication. But this will be no disadvantage to the work. It will rather facilitate our inquiries, that our foundations were laid in times of authority before we proceeded to survey the remote and uncertain ages.

That favour which the former volumes experienced from the Delegates of the Oxford University Press has been continued to the present; and the author at the close of his undertaking renews his expressions of gratitude to the Members of that Board for their liberality and kindness.

WELWYN, HERTS, APRIL 21, 1834.

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