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AUTHOR OF SOCIAL STATICS," "THE PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY," AND

ESSAYS: SCIENTIFIC, POLITICAL, AND SPECULATIVE.”

LONDON:

G. MANWARING, 8, KING WILLIAM STREET, STRAND.

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PREFACE.

The four chapters of which this work consists, originally appeared as four Review-articles: the first in the Westminster Review for July, 1859; the second in the North British Review for May, 1854; and the remaining two in the British Quarterly Review, for April, 1858, and for April, 1859. Severally treating different divisions of the subject, but together forming a tolerably complete whole, I originally wrote them with a view to their republication in a united form; and they would some time since have thus been issued, had not a legal difficulty stood in the way. . This difficulty being now removed, I hasten to fulfil the intention with which they were written.

That in their first shape these chapters were severally independent, is the reason to be assigned for some slight repetitions which occur in them: one leading idea, more especially, re-appearing twice. As, however, this idea is on each occasion presented under a new form, and as it can scarcely be too much enforced, I have not thought well to omit any of the passages embodying it.

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Some additions of importance will be found in the chapter on Intellectual Education; and in the one Physical Education there are a few minor alterations, But the chief changes which have been made, are changes of expression: all of the essays having undergone a carefül verbal revision.

H. S.

London, May, 1861.

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