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HODDER AND STOUGHTON,

27 & 31, PATERNOSTER ROW, E.C.

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T will be found that in this Volume I have assigned a

large space to the attempt at Comprehension in the year 1689—as it is a subject of present interest, and because the proceedings connected with it have been but inadequately described. An examination of the Bill introduced for the purpose to the House of Lords-a comparison of the Journals of both Houses, whence it appears that another Bill of the same kind was contemporaneously proposed in the House of Commons-the report of the proceedings of the Commissioners in 1689, published by order of the House of Commons in 1854and a curious Diary preserved in Dr. Williams' Library, together with other original sources of information, have enabled me to present a fuller, and, I hope, more accurate, account of that important but ineffective transaction than has hitherto appeared. As I believe the Lords' Bill has never been printed, I have arranged for its insertion in the Appendix.

A large collection of Tracts in Dr. Williams' Library, besides those in the British Museum and University Libraries—the Tanner MSS. at Oxford—the Strype and other collections belonging to the Sister University-and the Gibson Papers at Lambeth, have also afforded a

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