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In my book on “The Origin of Language,' before proposing my own solution of the great problem, I endeavoured to trace its historical development from the earliest times down to those latest achievements of scientific research upon which my own theory is founded, and without which, indeed, its conception would have been impossible.
In this summary, as I have since become aware, I was far from doing justice to the great merits of Max Müller, and the researches by which he has cleared the way for future investigators. And it was to rectify this error that I hastened to publish in a German review (Nord und Süd) an article in which, to the best of my judgment and belief, the suum cuique was more equally apportioned.
The serious importance and wide bearings of the subject have induced me to make this article, in an enlarged form, accessible to the English reader.
MAINZ: January 1, 1879.