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Ancient Trees, at the south border of Burnham Beeches."

(ORIGINAL AND REPRINTED,)

In Prose and Verse.

1842–1862.

By MRS. GROT E.

LONDON:
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

1862.

The right of translation is reserved.]

IICA LIRDARY

BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

MEMOIR

ов

THE LIFE OF THE LATE ARY SCHEFFER.

Second Edition, with Portrait, Post 8vo, 8s. 6d..

INTRODUCTION.

The desire of preserving from oblivion some literary productions, which may possibly interest, if not instruct, a certain class of thoughtful readers, has supplied the motive for the present publication. Among the number, some few relate to political events of which the public have ceased to take account. Nevertheless, it is no unprofitable task to recal attention to a bygone condition of things, wherein the germ of actual results may be discerned. To compare the past with the present, and to trace the inexorable connexion of cause and effect, is always an occupation becoming a reflecting mind. And I will venture to observe that, vain as may be the attempt to foreshadow the course of political events in these days of surprises, I am confirmed in my views of the probable prospective changes in the position of the “ Eastern question,” by all that is now going forward in countries more or less subject to Ottoman rule.

As to the opinions, political, economic, and social, comprised in these my “Essays and Reviews,” I can only say that they are the product of many years of attentive study, pursued with an honest desire to arrive at sound and solid convictions on various subjects of vital interest to my country.

H. G.

London, October, 1862.

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