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A POLITICAL SURVEY.

Edinburgh : Printed by Thomas Constable,

FOR

EDMONSTON AND DOUGLAS.

LONDON . . . . . . . . . . HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO.

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A POLITICAL SURVE Y.

BY

MOUNTSTUART E. GRANT DUFF,

MEMBER FOR THE ELGIN DISTRICT OF BURGHS ;
AUTHOR OF “STUDIES IN EUROPEAN POLITICS," ETC. ETC.

LOTT

EDINBURGH:
EDMONSTON AND DOUGLAS.

1868.

[All Rights Reserved.)

223. i 49.

TO MY CONSTITUENTS.

GENTLEMEN,—The four addresses which compose this volume were begun with a view to their being delivered to audiences in the Elgin District of Burghs, like my Peterhead address of last year.

The necessity, however, of making a large number of speeches on our internal politics during the month preceding the recent election, and other circumstances, having prevented my actually delivering them, I now offer them to you through the press.

I am not without hope that many of you may receive from the book itself, new knowledge or new ideas, and I have throughout been careful to give references to the best authorities on the subjects to which I have alluded, so that if your curiosity is roused by anything I have said, you may not be without the means of gratifying it.

Be this as it may, I am sure that you will accept this work, which, though short, is the result of some labour, as one proof more of my desire to make myself acquainted with everything that can largely affect the interests of this great Empire, your share in the government of which, you on Monday last once more intrusted to me.--I am, Gentlemen, your obliged and faithful Servant,

M. E. GRANT DUFF.

EDEN, November 21, 1868.

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