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Dropping metaphor, and in all seriousness, the Author offers his best thanks to the three before-named friends for many valuable notes on the subject of this book. He also acknowledges his indebtedness for much information to those rich and almost inexhaustible stores of facts and references, Dr. William Smith's “ Dictionary of the Bible," and “Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities,” Brand's “Popular Antiquities,” by Ellis, and “Notes and Queries "-works which, to use a common form of expression, “should be in every library.” The Author has perused with advantage Burder's “Religious Ceremonies," and M‘Lennan's erudite treatise on "Primitive Marriage."

March, 1869.

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