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ON

THE LIFE AND REIGN

OF

CHARLES THE FIRST,

KING OF ENGLAND.

BY I. D’ISRAELI.

VOL. III.

LONDON:
HENRY COLBURN AND RICHARD BENTLEY,
NEW BURLINGTON STREET.

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PRE FACE.

NEARLY two years have elapsed since the publication of the preceding volumes of these Commentaries, and they are not yet closed.* So uncertain is the term of those literary labours, where discovery can only be pursued through minute research, and where by critical investigation, we grapple for truth among sturdy antagonists. Yet Research and Criticism, only furnish the materials of Meditation; it is the philosophical spirit which forms the true supplement of History. He who strikes out a new result, has discovered a new fact.

In the whole compass of our history no subject is more difficult to treat than the present ; it is so, because the passions of two great parties, never to be extinct, are more interested

* One last volume will conduct Charles the First through the Civil Wars.

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