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ORIGIN AND HISTORY
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
THE EARLY LITERATURE IT EMBODIES
GEORGE P. MARSH
AUTHOR OF 'LECTURTS ON THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE' ETC, ETC.
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THE Lectures which form the basis of the present volume were delivered at the Lowell Institute, in Boston, in the United States, in the autumn and winter of 1860-1861. They were prepared in the preceding summer, with such aids only as my private library afforded, and my departure for Europe in the spring of the latter year has prevented me from giving them so complete a revision as I had hoped to bestow upon them. I have, however, made such additions and other improvements as the time and means at my command would permit, and, having been invited to publish the Lectures first in England, I have endeavoured to remove from them whatever might seem designed exclusively for the American public, and have adapted them, as far as I was able, to the common wants of all who desire to study the literary history of the English tongue.