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CRITICAL AND HISTORICAL ESSAYS

HISTORICAL ESSAYS

CONTRIBUTED TO THE EDINBURGH REVIEW

BY

LORD MACAULAY

EDITED

WITH INTRODUCTION, NOTES AND INDEX

BY

F. C. MONTAGUE, M.A.
ASTOR PROFESSOR OP HISTORY IN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

SOMETIME FELLOW OF ORIEL COLLEGE, OXFORD

IN THREE VOLUMES

VOL. I.

METHUEN & CO.
36 ESSEX STREET W.C.

LONDON

1903

PREFACE

TH

HE author of these Essays is so sensible of their defects

that he has repeatedly refused to let them appear in

a form which might seem to indicate that he thought them worthy of a permanent place in English literature. Nor would he now give his consent to the republication of pieces so imperfect, if, by withholding his consent, he could make republication impossible. But, as they have been reprinted more than once in the United States, as many American copies have been imported into this country, and as a still larger importation is expected, he conceives that he cannot, in justice to the publishers of the Edinburgh Review, longer object to a measure which they consider as necessary to the protection of their rights, and that he cannot be accused of presumption for wishing that his writings, if they are read, may be read in an edition freed at least from errors of the press and from slips of the

pen. This volume contains the Reviews which have been reprinted in the United States, with a very few exceptions, which the most partial reader will not regret. The author has been strongly urged to insert three papers on the Utilitarian Philosophy, which, when they first appeared, attracted some notice, but which are not in the American editions. He has, however, determined to omit these papers, not because he is disposed to retract a single doctrine which they contain ; but because he is unwilling to offer what might be regarded as an affront to the memory of one from whose opinions he still widely dissents, but to whose talents and virtues he admits that he formerly did not do justice. Serious as are the faults of the Essay on Government, a critic, while noticing those faults, should have abstained from using contemptuous language respecting the historian of British India. It ought

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