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As somo of the Authors in tho Dictionary appcar under soveral heads, tho sum total of entries in the Indexes

exceeds the number of names in tho body of the work, of which the following is a table :

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NUMBER OF AUTHORS OF NAMES OF COMMON OCCURRENCE IN THE BODY OF THE WORK.

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150 | King
153 Leo
118 | Lewis.
47 Marshall
42 Martin
47 Mason
83 Miller
93 Mitchell
86 Moore
52 Morgan
52 Morris
67 | Murray
53 Owen
81

Palmer
43 Parker
110 Perkins

Porter
52 Prico
189 Ramsay

69 | Reed
63 Reynolds
61 Richardson
53 Roberts
67 Robertson
65 Robinson
63 Rogers
52 Russell
114 Scott
63 Sharp and Sharpe
50 Sbaw.
97 Simpson
60 Smith
72 Spencer
118 Stephens
46 Stevens
83 Stewart
71 Taylor

41 | Thomas
Average, about 110.

42 | Thompson
63 Thomson
115 Townsend
105 Tucker
111 Turner
148 Walker
115 Ward
95

Watson
189 Webster
61

West
81

White

Williams
810 Wilson
56 Wood
61 Wright
61 Young
102
251
1201

72

138
137
52
54
120
163
101
13
67
69
202
325
330
162
165
147

stono
Jones.

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CONCERNING INDEXES:

TO BE AFFIXED TO ALL EDITIONS OF TIIIS DICTIONARY.

During the last fifteen years I have laboured assidu- / tory. Ono may recollect generally that certain thoughts
ously to impress upon authors and publishers the im- or facts are to be found in a certain book; but without
portance of INDEXES ; and I bavo satisfactory evidence a good Index such a recollection may hardly be moro
that my labours-zealously furthered by the pen of my available than that of tho cabin-boy, who knew where
friend R. Shelton Mackenzie, D.C.L., one of the "fullest the ship's tca-kettlo was, becauso ho saw it fall over-
men" in literary matters I have ever known-have not board. In truth, a very large part of overy man's read.
been in vain.

ing falls overboard; and unless he has good loderes be
My views respecting their best arrangement aro so will never find it again.
fully illustrated in the Index to the Orations and “I have three books in my library which I valuo more
Speeches of Edward Everett, volumo iii., 1855, the than any other throc, except the very books of which they
Index to the Life and Letters of Washington Irving, aro a rerbal Indox: Crudon's Concordance of the Bible,
volume iv., 1863, and An Alphabetical Index to the Mrs. Cowden Clarke's Concordance of Shakespeare, and
New Testament, 1868, 18mo, that an exposition in this Prendergast's Concordance of Milton. Wo may not
place is necdless.

want such frequent soundings on the charts of most
“In construcndis ædibus, operarius bajalusque, non

books; but the fuller they are, the more time they safe,
minus architecto, prodest.”—Mattaine: Epist. ad D. P. and the more accurately they enable the reader to explore
Des Maizcaux. Seo Bibliothèquo Raisopnéc, tom. vi., or

and retain in memory the depths of the best authors for
Nichols's Lit. Anco., iv. 561.

bis present occasions."-20th February, 1866.
“Commoditas homines studiosos invitavit librorum would owe the most to a good Index, and the worst book,

“I certainly think that the best book in the world
indices comparare, quibus minimo labore ad id quod if it had but a single good thought in it, might be kept
quisque quæreret, tanquam manu ducerctur.”—Cicero:

alive by it.”-Sth April, 1868. Sco Bixney, Ilonace,
ad Atticum.

LL.D.; WIARTOX, GEORGE M.
The reader will find in vol. i. p. 85 of this Dictionary

As it is pleasant, and often useful, to know the first, or
(AyscouGII, Saul.) many testimonies to the value of the best, of overy class, (e.g., that tho first complete
Indexes ; and I am glad to be able to fortify these by printed book from motal types was the Mazarine Bible,
some extracts from letters since addressed to me by an

circa A.D. 1455; that the first printed book with a dato
honoured friend, (IIon. IIoraco Binney, LL.D., the head

was the Codor Psalmorum, A.D. 1457,) it is proper here
of the American bar, b. in Philadelphia, Jan. 4, 1780,) to instance Nichols's Literary Anccdotes as possessing
now in the full possession of his vigorous and well-cul-

one of the most complete of Indexcs.
tivated intellect, within six days of his ninety-second

The Index-maker, however, must not carry his laud-
year:

able desire to bo exhaustivo and literal to the cxtent
“I must say, in references to Indexes generally, that which caused an avaricious and vigilant compiler to base
I have come to regard a good book as curtailed of half the entry,–
its value if it has not a pretty full Index. It is almost “ Best, Mr. Justice, his great miod,”-
impossible, without such a guide, to reproduco on de- upon a statement in the text that “Mr. Justice Best
mand the most striking thoughts or facts the book may said he had a great mind to commit the witness."
contain, whether for citation or further consideration. I read this last proof-sheet of tho Dictionary of Aa-
If I had my own way in the modification of tho Copy- thors on the last day of 1970.
right Law, I think I would make the duration of the

S AUSTIN ALLIBONE.
privilege depend materially on its having such a direc- POMLADELPHIA, Dec. 31, 1870.

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