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POLITICUS

To discover the good of an individual is satisfactory, but to discover
that of a state or a nation is more noble and divine."-ARISTOTLE,
Nicomachean Ethics.

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LONDON
KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH & CO., I, PATERNOSTER SQUARE

1886

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PREFACE.

THE progress in political revolution, effected by the Act extending the Parliamentary suffrage to all county householders, has brought into action nearly the whole force of the nation effective for political change. The marshalling of this recent addition is in vigorous progress; and as a consequence we must expect that the new energies will impel the nation more rapidly along its path, and that these forces, jointly with others now more or less latent, will seek to change that path. It happens that just at this conjuncture, at a period when the older political classes require to lead with steadiness this influx of youthful eagerness, those classes find

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