Original Letters of Eminent Literary Men: Of the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries

Original Letters of Eminent Literary Men: Of the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries

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Original Letters of Eminent Literary Men: Of the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries

Original Letters of Eminent Literary Men: Of the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries

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The Editor of the present volume has little to say in the way of Preface. His first intention was to have printed a Collection of Letters, chiefly of the time of Elizabeth and James the First, confined to Camden and his more learned friends: but he found that the interest likely to be awakened by such a Collection would have been more limited than the period embraced by the letters. He therefore enlarged his plan; and took his stand in point of time from this side of the Reformation to the close of the eighteenth Century: selecting from Correspondence which he believed to be hitherto unpublished, such Letters of eminent Men as it seemed useful to preserve.

Many will be found in the present Collection which throw light upon the history of knowledge; a few express the disappointments, and some exhibit the infirmities of authors.

The Letters of Camden, besides adding two or three facts to his biography, have afforded the Editor an opportunity of rectifying the bibliographical history of his great work . . .

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