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GENERAL KNOWLEDGE, .

INTRODUCTORY TO

USEFUL BOOKS IN THE PRINCIPAL BRANCHES

OF

LITERATURE AND SCIENCE.

DESIGNED CHIEFLY FOR THE JUNIOR STUDENTS IK

THE UNIVERSITIES, AND THE HIGHER

CLASSES IN SCHOOLS.

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BY HENRY KETT, B. D.

FELLOW AND TUTOR OF TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD.

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CLASS THE THIRD.

CONTINUED.

CHAPTER I.

THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND.

THE advantages, which result from an acquaintance with the history of our own country, are too obvious to require many previous observations. Such knowledge is of the greatest importance to all those who take an active part in the public service, either as officers of the army or navy, magistrates, or members of parliament. And to persons of all other descriptions it is equally agreeable, if not equally necessary; because, as every Englishman finds a peculiar gratification in deciding upon the propriety of political measures, and estimating the merits of those who direct the helm of government; he cannot form correct opinions, by adverting to the plans which have for ages been pursued, as conducive to the best interests of the nation, or by contemplating the causes of national disgrace or glory, if he neglects to lay the foundation, upon which such .correct opinions can alone be built.

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