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UNIFORM WITH THIS VOLUME.

SCRAMBLES AMONGST THE ALPS. Edward Whymper. THE GREAT BOER WAR.

Arthur Conan Doyle. COLLECTIONS AND RECOLLECTIONS. G. W. E. Russell. LIFE OF JOHN NICHOLSON.

Captain Trotter. MEMORIES.

Dean Hole. LIFE OF GLADSTONE.

Herbert W. Paul. THE PSALMS IN HUMAN LIFE.

R. E. Prothero. WILD LIFE IN A SOUTHERN COUNTY. Richard Jefferies. THE GOLDEN AGE.

Kenneth Grahame. REMINISCENCES.

Sir Henry Hawkins. THE FOREST.

Stewart Edward White. ADVENTURES OF A MEMSAHIB. Sara Jeannette Dnncan. IDYLLS OF THE SEA.

Frank T. Bullen. SELECTED ESSAYS.

Augustine Birrell. LIFE OF LORD RUSSELL OF KILLOWEN.

R. Barry O'Brien. THE MAKING OF MODERN EGYPT. Sir Auckland Colvin. FROM THE CAPE TO CAIRO.

E. S. Grogan. LIFE OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON. F. S. Oliver. A BOOK ABOUT THE GARDEN. S. Reynolds Hole.

Others to follow.

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PREFACE.

(1869.)

MY

Y foremost design in writing this

Preface is to address a word of exhortation to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. In the essay which follows, the reader will often find Bishop Wilson quoted. To me and to the members of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge his name and writings are still, no doubt, familiar. But the world is fast going away from old-fashioned people of his sort, and I learnt with consternation lately from a brilliant and distinguished votary of the natural sciences, that he had never so much as heard of Bishop Wilson, and that he

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