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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 Federa.-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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Church questions are often political rather than religious ;

inasmuch as they have been questions of government.-
Questions of the priesthood are religious, but were not dis-
cussed in England.—Church questions in England political,
as the church and state were one.-Yet the church ques-
tions were in form not political till the reign of James I. -
Causes of the political movement.-Growth of the House
of Commons.-Its growth owing to that of the nation.-
The intellectual movement stood aloof from the political,
being regarded by it with suspicion, especially by the re-
ligious movement.—Why the purely intellectual movement
inclined to the party upholding church authority ; submitting
to it insincerely.-State of the contest hitherto.-It might
have been delayed but not prevented.-Change wrought in
the popular party; both in its religious party and in its politi-
cal.-Elements of the antipopular party.-Nobleness of its
best members.---Lord Falkland.-Its other members.
Those who are called meek and peaceable. They have no

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