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THE peculiar conditions of this essay must be left to explain themselves. It could not have been written at all without the aid of the Publications of the Chaucer Society, and more especially of the labours of the Society's Director, Mr. Furnivall. To other recent writers on Chaucer-including Mr. Fleay, from whom I never differ but with hesitation-I have referred, in so far as it was in my power to do so. Perhaps I may take this opportunity of expressing a wish that Pauli's History of England, a work beyond the compliment of an acknowledgment, were accessible to every English reader.
A. W. W.