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The following Lectures are printed almost exactly as they were delivered. They were written with the expectation that they would be read in a room to a very limited audience; which may explain why the style in some instances is more colloquial than became the circumstances under which they were delivered actually.

Rugby, May 5th, 1842.



Introductory remarks.-Contrast between ancient and modern

history.--Extreme voluminousness of modern history.-
Some one particular portion to be selected.–First study it
in a contemporary historian.—Or in those of more than one
nation.— Other authorities next to be consulted.--Advan-
tages of the university libraries.-Collections of treaties to
be consulted.—Rymer's Fædera.—Also collections of laws,
&c.—Their value to the historical student-Letters or other
writings of great men.-Miscellaneous literature.—How
such reading may be made practicable, by reading with a
view to our particular object.-And yet will not be super-
ficial.-What reading is superficial and misleading.-Re-

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