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In offering this edition of Walton's Lives to the public it need only be observed, that it is founded upon the one which Mr. Major, with his usual taste in embellishing the Text of Walton, put forth some years back.

The Notes which were then collected at the end of the work, are now brought to the foot of the page, with some few alterations and additions. It is hoped that this volume, while it may assume the character of a Library Book, is thus rendered, in itself, a complete pocket companion to the admirer of the exquisite simplicity of the pure old English Author and the incomparable men he commemorates.

The collation of the text is thus referred to in the former edition;

“Life of Dr. Donne, originally prefixed to the first volume " of his Sermons, 1640, Fol. Second Edition, alone, 1658, “12mo. Life of Sir Henry Wotton, attached to the Reliquiæ “ Wattonianæ, 1651, 12mo., other editions, 1654, 1672, 1685. “ Life of Richard Hooker, First Edition, 1665, small oc66 tavo; Second ditto, attached to the Ecclesiastical Polity, 561666, Folio. Life of George Herbert, First Edition with “his Letters, 1670, 12mo.; the Memoir was afterwards at

tached to his Temple, Poems, &c. in the edition of 1679.

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ENGLISH PUBLISHER'S ADVERTISEMENT.

ENGLISH PUBLISHER'S ADVERTISEMENT. Life of Dr. Robert Sanderson, the first separate edition * by Walton, was printed in Octavo, in 1678, together with “several of the Prelate's Tracts, Cases of Conscience, a “Sermon by Hooker, and two Letters on the subject of the "Memoir. Of Collections of the first four of these Lives, - there were four editions; the first of which was published " in 1670, and the last in 1675, both in Octavo. The latter “ of these has been used for revising the text of the follow

ing pages; and the Publisher has been kindly favoured by “ Mr. William Upcott of the London Institution with the “ use of a Presentation copy of it, having all the typogra“phical errors corrected by Walton's own pen ; whilst upon “ the fly-leaf is written,

· Ffor my Cozen Mris. Wiliams, Iz. Wa.' “ The Publisher has also to acknowledge the kindness of “ Francis Martin, Esq. Windsor Herald, and Joseph Hasle“ wood, Esq. ; the former for the favour of a copy of Walton's “first edition of his collected Memoirs, and the latter for “that of the original impression of the Life of Sir Henry “ Wotton.”

In addition to the above it is necessary only to state that the complete Life of Walton by Zouch has been prefixed to the present Edition by the American Publisher.

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