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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855, by
CHARLES ELIOT NORTON,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
STEREOTYPED AND PRINTED BY METCALP AND COMPANY.
The work which forms the First Part of this volume was mostly written in the years 1847 and 1848, and, after its completion, was laid aside for future revision. In 1849 a severe attack of illness left the strength of its author so diminished, that, for a considerable period, his pursuits were interrupted, and when he again became able to work he devoted himself, in the near prospect of the end of life, to more important labors than that of revising what he had written. At the time of his death, in 1853, the work was in the state in which it now appears; but the manuscript bore many notes in pencil upon passages which it had been in the mind of the author to alter or enlarge. It was his wish, however, that the work should be published; for whatever changes or additions he might have made would have been only for the purpose of enforcing, with still greater dis