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HIS volume, which may by the public favour prove the
first of a series, is, like the corresponding Oxford volume, 'not intended to advocate any particular set of opinions.'
Each contributor, by signing his name, becomes answerable for his own work. We are thus spared the affectation of a perfect conformity of views, which does not, and cannot, exist; though the nearest possible approximation to it is most likely to be found among men whose youth has been subject to the same influences, and passed within the same wall.
Lest the title, Cambridge Essays, should attract or deter readers, by suggesting astronomical calculations and transcendental analysis, it is necessary to state that no scientific subjects are treated of in our pages, except such as may be made intelligible and interesting to the general public of educated men.
CAMBRIDGE, October, 1855.