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OF

EDWARD, LORD HERBERT

OF CHERBURY

Witb Introduction, Hotes, Appendices, and

a Continuation of the Life

BY

SIDNEY L. LEE, B.A.

BALLIOL COLLEGE, OXFORD

With fFour Etched Portraits

LONDON
JOHN C. NIMMO
14, KING WILLIAM STREET, STRAND, W.C.

1886

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PREFACE.

It may be of service to the reader to explain the arrangement of this volume. In the Introduction which precedes the Autobiography, I have attempted—firstly, to describe Lord Herbert's varied character, as displayed in his own writings and in historical records; and secondly, to review his eminent achievements in literature and philosophy, of which he himself has given no account. In the essay which succeeds the Autobiography, I have tried to trace his political career in detail from 1624– the year when his own memoirs abruptly terminate—to 1648, the date of his death. In an appendix I have printed several original illustrative documents, many extracts from Herbert's unpublished correspondence, and some historical notes on topics to which frequent allusion is made in the Autobiography on the assumption—no longer justifiable—that they are matters of common knowledge. Former editors have treated the work as a mere curiosity of literature. I have endeavoured in my notes and elsewhere to prove that it deserves the serious attention of the student, not only of English literature, but of English social history in the early seventeenth century.

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