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MACAULAY'S ESSAY ON
EDITED AND ANNOTATED
CHARLES WALLACE FRENCH
PRINCIPAL OF THE HYDE PARK HIGH SCHOOL, CHICAGO
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
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HARVARD UNIVERSITY !IB-ARY
BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.
Set up and electrotyped November, 1898. Reprinted July 1899; October, November, 1900; January, 1902; April, 1903; April, 1904 January, July, 1905; July, 1906; February, 1908; October, 1909; January, 1913; August, 1914.
THE essay contained in this volume forms a part of the course prescribed by the Joint Committee on English Requirements for admission to college. While it can hardly be rated as the greatest of Macaulay's essays, there are few, if any, which present a richer field for investigation and study. The student will need to have encyclopædia and dictionaries constantly at hand, and even then he will probably find some allusions and references which will baffle his most patient effort.
In the preparation of the notes the fact has been recognized that many students must take up this work without the necessary reference books; therefore the allusions have been explained much more fully than would otherwise be necessary.
Where it is possible, the student should not depend on the notes for his information, but should look up the references for himself. Much interesting information will be secured, and valuable habits of investigation will be formed by a careful, independent, and exhaustive study of this masterpiece.