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OF

REFORMS AND REFORMERS,

OF

GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND.

BY HENRY B. STANTON.

NEW YORK:
JOHN WILEY, 161 BROADWAY.

AND 13 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON.

1849

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PREFACE.

This Book aims to give a summary view of the most important general Reforms, which have been effected or attempted in Great Britain and Ireland, from the period of the French revolution down to the present time. Neither history nor biography has been attempted, but the work aspires to be only what its title indicatesSketches. Large parts of it have recently appeared, from time to time, in the National Era, of Washington ; no expectation being then entertained that it would assume any other form of publication. The present occasion has been embraced to revise and rearrange the whole, and by condensation and pruning off repetitions, to make room for considerable additions to the list of subjects discussed, and individuals noticed. It is even now incomplete, many men and things, which deserve a place here, being left out-somo because I may underrate their relative importance others because the limits of this work will allow only of selections. Still, it is believed that no important subject has been wholly omitted ; though, on account of the vast number of those worthy to be called Reformers, it has been found impossible to make

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