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This Volume consists of a republication of such Miscellaneous Writings of Dr. Arnold as appeared to possess any permanent interest, or to illustrate his general views, especially, as will be seen, on the subjects of education and of the social and political state of the country.
It has, therefore, seemed best to exclude from it the occasional publications of his earlier years, such as articles written in the British Critic, 1819, 20; or that on Niebuhr's History of Rome in the Quarterly Review of 1825, and on “Letters of an Episcopalian,” in the Edinburgh Review of 1826; or, again, such publications of his later years as had a local or temporary character, including the Tract on the Cholera in 1831, and two or three letters to newspapers, as well as the article on “Dr. Hampden ” in the Edinburgh Review of 1836, or such of the Essays appended to his edition of Thucydides, 1830–35, as were confined to questions of purely topographical or historical detail. The Essays on Church and State, which were to have appeared in this volume, have now, for various reasons, been published as Appendixes to the Second Edition of the Fragment on the Church ; in which form they may also be had separately.
The contents of this volume express what, on the whole, were Dr. Arnold's deliberate views on the subjects of which he wrote; at the same time it will be obvious that his language would often have been modified by a change