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H E N RY COL BU R N, PUBLISHER,
GREAT MARLBoRough street.

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Printed by J. L. Cox and Sons, 75, Great Queen Street,

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THE greater part of the following Commentaries was published in the popular Miscellany" edited by Theodore Hook, whose approbation, as a man equally acute and amiable, is very gratifying to me: this preface contains the substance of the observations with which I introduced my papers to the public.

It was not without real diffidence that I attempted further comments upon Shakspeare. I do not affect to have discovered new beauties in that writer, nor can I boast of the power to place in a more striking light, those which have now for some ages delighted the readers of the English language. But it appeared

* New Monthly Magazine, June 1838 to March 1839; under the title of ‘Shakspeare's Historical Plays considered historically.”

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