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CULTURE AND ANARCHY;

AN ESSAY

IN

POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CRITICISM.

BY

MATTHEW ARNOLD.

LONDON:
SMITH, ELDER AND CO., 15, WATERLOO PLACE.

1869.

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PREFACE.

In the essay

My foremost design in writing this Preface is to address a word of exhortation to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. 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 imagined me to have invented him. At a moment when the Courts of Law have just taken off the embargo from the recreative religion furnished on Sundays by my gifted acquaintance and others, and when St. Martin's Hall

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