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OF THE LIFE OF
AN ESSAY TOWARD THE EXPRESSION OF
AN ACCOUNT OF THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF
THE ENGLISH DRAMA.
BY RICHARD GRANT WHITE.
1880. mar. 5,
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by
RICHARD GRANT WHITE, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York.
UNIVERSITY PRESS : Welch, Bigelow, & Co.,
TO THE HONORABLE
WILLIAM HENRY SEWARD, LL. D.,
SECRETARY OF STATE.
I venture, without your knowledge, to inscribe this volume to you as an individual recognition of your longcontinued and signal services to the Republic. Through all your public life the unrelenting foe of wrong and of oppression, one of the earliest and most earnest advocates of the cause of freedom, a statesman who recognized his responsibility to a higher law than that of state necessity, you have yet endeavored to secure the blessings of liberty to all by peaceful methods, and to obtain for all the protection of the law without the violation of the law. Called to the Department of State at a period when our foreign relations were fraught with peril and environed with difficulty, you have so administered them, that, while you calmly maintained the internal sovereignty and the external rights of the government you represented, the jealous ministers of rival nations publicly acknowledged your fairness and your candor, and were able only to cavil at those assertions of the unabated power and dignity of the Republic, which, made with unflinching confidence in an hour of unprecedented trial, touched the hearts of your countrymen as the expression of a faith