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CONTENTS OF THE FIRST VOLUME.
THE BAR—THE EXPEDITION TO RUSSIA.
Voyage to England-Letters to his father—Social life—The Exhibi.
tion building—Letters to his father-Work in the slums—The
Religious thoughts, Railways in Egypt—Lord Elgin at Singapore-
An arrested expedition—The light of reason-Difficulty about
denial—The Jesuits and the missionaries—Taking a town-
LIFE OF LAURENCE OLIPHANT.
HIS PARENTAGE AND CHILDHOOD.
The subject of this memoir, Laurence Oliphant, was a man so unique in himself, so entirely individual and distinct in his generation, that it is more than ordinarily unnecessary to distinguish him by the mild and modest honours of the family of Scotch country gentlemen from which he sprang. I may be permitted, however, the natural weakness of some brief notice of the race of which he has proved one of the most distinguished members, and to which I also belong, both by birth on the mother's side and by marriage. The