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ON THE

HISTORICAL PLAYS

OF

SHAKSPEARE.

BY THE RIGHT HON.

THOMAS PEREGRINE COURTENAY.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

HENRY COLBURN, PUBLISHER,

GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

932 0865

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

Lincoln's Inn Fields.

PREFACE.

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

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

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