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THE WORLD'S HEROES:
Third Series of Historical Sketches.
JOHN HAMPDEN GURNEY, M.A.
PREBENDARY OF ST. PAUL'S,
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, & LONGMANS.
This Volume has grown out of a Lecture delivered nearly four years ago in Exeter Hall to the Christian Young Men's Association. Some friends suggested that the leading idea was worth expanding, and illustrating by more varied examples. Something is gained, perhaps, by giving my “Sketches” more of coherence and unity than belonged to my former Volumes. At any rate, the moral purpose that I had in view gave me a principle of selection; and the contrasted scenes of Peace and War,—stories of Patience in well-doing to relieve other stories of guilty Ambition,-will make the whole series more interesting, probably, to my more thoughtful readers than a mere gallery of Historical portraits.
I have taken as much pains to be accurate as if I were writing for Scholars; but for Scholars, or wellread grown-up people, let me repeat, I am not writing. “Virginibus puerisque” has been my motto all through ; and because sensible parents have told me that I have provided what they wanted for family reading, and what is approved by youthful critics, I have gone on from Autumn to Autumn, in the hope of making my holiday tasks useful to others, as they have been pleasant and improving to myself.
My choice of subjects, of course, will be open to