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The great success of the two volumes of my brother's Lectures—the first on“ English Literature," and the second on “History as illustrated by Shakspeare's Plays,”-has induced me to publish another series, still more complete, on the “ British Poets,” which was delivered by Mr. Reed in 1841. These lectures are printed from the author's manuscript, with no other alteration than the omission of passages which he had used in his second course.
An addition has been made to these volumes of two essays on kindred subjects,—one on “English Sonnets," and another on “Hartley Coleridge.”
The present volumes are probably the last of my brother's works which I shall publish. The lectures already issued have been most kindly received on both sides of the Atlantic; and it would be ungraceful were I to omit, for myself and his still nearer family, an expression of the deep feeling with which this appreciation has inspired us.
W. B. R.
PHILADELPHIA, February 13, 1857.