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The volume of “ Arnold's Miscellaneous Works,” published
“ This volume consists of a republication of such Miscellane-
“It has, therefore, seemed best to exclude from it the articles written in the British Critic, 1819-20 ; 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; such publications of his later years as had a local or temporary character, as well as the article on “ Dr. Hampden” in the Edinburgh Review of 1836 ; and 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 been published, as Appendixes to the Second Edition of the Fragment on the Church.
“ The contents of this volume express 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 of circumstances, and that expressions are occasionally used, which he would subsequently have cancelled.”
Exclusive of the Articles in the British Critic which are not specifically designated, there are five important disquisitions upon very interesting topics, which are thus distinctly announced as omitted by the English editor. It was, therefore, decided, that those critical Essays should be embodied in the American reprint. There is also a peculiar mention of the “ Fragment on the Church," and the " Essays on Church and State ;” the latter of which had been promised as a part of the volume of Arnold's “ Miscellaneous Works;” but which were withheld, doubtless, for the sole purpose of publishing those two articles in a separate volume. In addition to those discussions, there is a very frequent reference both in the “ Life and Correspondence," and in the “ Miscellaneous Works of Dr. Arnold," to the Introductory Essay to the volume of Sermons by Arnold, entitled “ CHRISTIAN LIFE, ITS COURSE, ITS HINDRANCES, AND Its Helps;" and the reader is often at a loss clearly and precisely to apprehend either the subject, or the proposed illustration of it, for want of that article. That preliminary discourse on the greatly agitating modern controversy, with its supplementary Annotations, is also incorporated in this volume.
Notwithstanding the large type, open spaces, and wide margin, it was ascertained, however, that the English copy still would be too thin for the purposes of trade; therefore a variety of articles and letters from old newspapers, written many years previous, altogether ephemeral, and of a merely “ temporary character,” and of an exclusively local application, were added, including nearly one fourth of the London volume, Those are of the identical quality of the superior class of newspaper essays on the social condition of the agricultural and manufacturing classes in Britain, with the analogous subjects; many of which will scarcely be noticed in any future history of that period.
Those pages, with few exceptions, it was determined to exclude; and in their stead to substitute, not only the critical disquisitions expressly mentioned in the Preface to the English edi
tion, but also to embody the three prominent articles on those themes, to the defence and illustration of which Dr. Arnold consecrated his untiring and energetic labours; and, in which service he acquired his justly merited distinction, and accomplished so much wide spread and lasting good.
It is therefore proper that the purchasers of this volume should be apprised of the additions, changes, omissions, and improvements in this republication.
ADDITIONS.—These articles will be found in the table of Contents with these titles: “ Christian Politics ; Essays on Church and State; The Church ; The Church of England; Early Roman History ; Faith and Reason ; The Oxford Malignants and Dr. Hampden ; The Sixth Chapter of the Gospel by John ; Tracts for the Times; and Tradition.” Those nine treatises, it will be perceived, extend to 256 pages, or one half of the present volume, including more than 400 pages of the Anglican works whence they are derived; and containing one entire octavo volume, which alone is sold at a much higher price than this edition.
CHANGES.—These have been entirely in the order of the articles, which in the English copy are promiscuously jumbled together, without any reference either to the subject, or the length of the discussion,
OMISSIONS.-The articles omitted are altogether restricted to the newspaper discussions, which were so limited both in the trivial nature of the subject, and its short-lived duration, that very few readers in this country would understand the controversial themes, and scarcely an individual would devote the time to peruse those trifling and forgotten articles, although marked with the name of Thomas Arnold.
IMPROVEMENTS.-It was originally designed to arrange the whole volume in two consecutive series; the first to contain those which appertain to ecclesiastical concerns; and the second, the discussions on secular and literary themes. But as the “ Essays on Church and State” were not in this country, the
of them from London arrived too late to follow the article 66 Tracts for the Times.” It is therefore inserted at the end of the volume.
Four of the articles—“ The Bible;" “ Education of the Middle Classes;" “ Social Condition of the Operative Classes ;"' and “ National Church Establishments ;" were originally issued in short successive numbers in the Englishman's Register, the Hertford Reformer, and the Sheffield Courant. They have now been combined in the form of continuous discussions, with the exclusion only of the usual expletives at the beginning and end of occasional disjointed compositions.
This volume, therefore, if we disregard the ephemeral papers in the English edition, includes nearly twice the matter of the London collection, for the three longest, and the seven most important and valuable dissertations which Arnold ever published, are now first introduced. Those treatises cannot be procured in any other form, without the purchase of six different costly octavo volumes. From these considerations, it is anticipated that this work will be very satisfactory to all those who have read Arnold's “ Life and Correspondence ;” and “ Lectures on Modern History;" who will be gratified to peruse his deliberate judgment in a didactic form, on the numerous complex and interesting topics to which in his Letters' there is constant reference, and which demand additional development. To all those readers especially, this volume of the “ Miscellaneous Works of Thomas Arnold” is confidently recommended.
New York, September 6, 1845.
TO THE SECOND EDITION.
SINCE the first publication of Arnold's MISCELLANEOUS WORKS, il very important Essay, on the “Right Interpretation and Understanding of the Scriptures," has been discovered at the end of the second volume of his Sermons. This Essay, which Dr. Arnold valued as one of his most edifying illustrations of a cardinal topic, peculiarly adapted to the present period, is extracted from the second volume of his Sermons; to which it was subjoined by the author, expressly to expedite and enlarge its circulation. That American readers might possess in one volume all of the author's disquisitions worthy of preservation, exclusive of his regular Pulpit Discourses, it is now incorporated with his other writings.
New York, November 19, 1845.