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CIIAPTER XV.

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Mr. Walton explains to Mr. Raffles the Nature of Revo-

lutions, of which the latter was not at all aware

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CHAPTER XVI.

Further Remarks on the Nature of Revolution, and on the

Means, through God's mercy, of preventing it

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CHAPTER XVII.

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Our Country Towns

CHAPTER XVIII.

Mr. Walton proves himself to be a good Political Eco-

nomist.

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PAGE I. View of the Town of Churchover

1 II. Mr. Walton, sen., is puzzled by his Son's Question.

11 III. Mr. Walton entertains the Idea of building a House

19 V. Mr. Walton opens the Mechanics’ Institute VII. Mr. Walton and Mr. Hammond are amused with

“ Browne's Vulgar Errors" IX. Distant View of Mr. Walton's Farm-House 75 XI. The Bazaar. -. Mrs. Decorset and her Daughters

are horrified at Farmer Yolkham's Remark. 99 XII. Mr. Walton lectures his Groom

108 XIV. Mr. Raffles lays down certain Dogmas about Church and State

123 XVII. Town of Churchover

154 XIX. Mr. Skaighley refuses to contribute in aid of the

Society for the Propagation of the Gospel 177 XXI. The Feast on the Lawn on occasion of Miss Walton's Marriage

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The designs for the wood-engravings in this volume have been supplied by the kindness of Richard Greene, Esq., Lichfield.

CLEMENT WALTON.

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How shall I speak thee, or thy power address,
Thou god of our idolatry, the Press?
By thee religion, liberty, and laws,
Exert their influence, and advance their cause;
By thee worse plagues than Pharaoh's land befell,
Diffused, make earth the vestibule of hell;
Thou fountain, at which drink the good and wise,
Thou ever-bubbling spring of endless lies;
Like Eden's dread probationary tree,
Knowledge of good and evil is from thee.

CowPER.

The principal scene of our narrative will be the pleasant town of Churchover; and the particular place to which our readers are first to be introduced is the reading-room of the permanent library. It was the first Monday in the month, and the members of the committee were duly assembled to perform their usual task of ordering new books, which might

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