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ONCE UPON A TIME.

BY CHARLES KNIGHT.

“The old bees die, the young possess their hive."

SHAKSPERE: Lucrece.

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TO

HENRY, LORD BROUGHAM,

THE UNWEARIED ADVOCATE OF PROGRESS,

THESE SKETCHES

OF SOME OF THE STAGES OF TRANSITION FROM THE PAST

TO THE PRESENT

ARE RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED.

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Some of the pieces in this volume have been printed before, chiefly in periodical works. Many are new. The articles in this edition entitled • The Chapel,' and • The Beginnings of Popular Literature,'—are portions of my volume entitled “The Old Printer and the Modern Press.' The various papers are here presented, as far as the nature of the subjects will admit, in a chronological succession. This arrangement has involved many alterations in some of the republished articles.

It is scarcely necessary to indicate the several publications in which a portion of these slight things have previously appeared, except to say that some of the shorter pieces have had the advantage of the popularity of Mr. Dickens' · Household Words.'

The Title, “Once upon a Time,' which, as the commencement of Old Wives' Tales,' lingers in our childish memories, may suggest something of the un

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