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ENGLISH LANDS LETTERS

AND KINGS

From Elizabetb to Anne

ENGLISH LANDS LETTERS AND KINGS

By Donald G. Mitchell

1. from Celt to Tudor
II. From Elizabetb to Anne
III. Queen Anne and tbe Beorges
IV. The Later Georges to Victoria

Each 1 vol., 12mo, cloth, gilt top, $1.50

AMERICAN LANDS AND LETTERS

From the Mayflower to Rip Van Winkle

1 vol., square 12mo, Illustrated, $2.60

REESE LIBRARY

AND KINGS

2
from Elizabeth to Anne

DONALD G. MITCHELL
UNIVERSITY

BY

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CALIFORNIA

NEW YORK
Cbarles Scribner's sons

MDCCCXCVII

1847

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UNIVEA

OF CALIFOR!

PREFATORY LETTER.

[To Mrs. J. C. G. Piatt, or UTICA SCHOOL, N. Y.]

MY DEAR JULIA, —We have both known, in the past, a certain delight some country home; youin earliest childhood, and l-in latest youth-time : and I think we both relish those remindersperhaps a Kodak view, or an. autumn gentian plucked by the road-side, or actual glimpse of its woods, or brook, on some summer's drivewhich have brought back the old homestead, with its great stretch of undulating meadowits elmsits shady lanesits singing birds-its leisurely going big-eyed oxen-its long, tranquil days, when the large heart of June was pulsing in all the leaves and all the air :

Well, even so, and by these light tracings of Lands and Kings, and little whiffs of metric music, I seek to bring back to you, and to your pupils and associates (who have so kindly received previous and kindred reminders) the rich memories of that great current of English letters setting steadily forward amongst these British lands, and these sovereigns, from Elizabeth to Anne, But slight as these glimpses are, and as this synopsis may be, they will together serve, I hope, to fasten attention where I wish to fasten it, and to quicken appetite for those fuller and larger studies of English Literature and History, which shall make even these sketchy outlines valuedas one values little flowerets plucked from old fieldsfor bringing again to mind the summers of youth-time, and a world of sum. mer days, with their birds and abounding bloom.

Affectionately yours, EDGEWOOD; MARCH, 1890.

D. G. M.

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