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HISTORY OF THE REBELLION
CIVIL WARS IN ENGLAND
BEGUN IN THE YEAR 1641,
EDWARD, EARL OF CLARENDON.
A FRESH COLLATION OF THE ORIGINAL MS. IN THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY,
WITH MARGINAL DATES AND OCCASIONAL NOTES,
W. DUNN MACRAY, M.A., F.S.A.
In Six Volumes.
AT THE CLARENDON PRESS
For this edition the text has been collated throughout, word for word, by the Editor, with the original MS., and he ventures therefore to
say with some confidence that it furnishes as exactly as possible the form in which Clarendon wrote his narrative. The points with regard to which variations will be found from the last edition (printed in 1849) are the following :
1. Various forms of expression which were considered incorrect by former editors, and had consequently been very unnecessarily altered, have been restored, as well as a few obsolete words'. Of all these differing readings a list has been given at the end of volume V, by which the number and general needlessness of the former alterations can be seen, as well as very numerous instances in which additional but unnecessary words had been inserted within brackets, without any distinction being made between words altered and words supplied. A few of these additional words are still left, (placed, as before, within square brackets) where they are required for completeness of construction or of sense.
2. Dates have been assigned, as far as found practicable, to the events narrated or noticed. The absence of all dates, with the exception of a running heading of the current year (which in some instances was, however, totally wrong,) has been a serious defect in previous editions. And the mere insertion of
1 E.g.' amating,' which had been altered to 'amazing' (book vii. $ 106); laish' to 'lazy'(xiv. 108); 'truckman' to 'trustman' (i. 75).