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CRITIQUES

AND

ADDRESSES.

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, LL.D., F.R.S.

NEW YORK:
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,

549 & 551 BROADWAY.

1873,

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CRITIQUES

AND

ADDRESSES.

BY

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, LL.D., F.RS.

NEW YOEK:
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,

549 & 551 BROADWAY.
1873.

PREFACE.

The "Critiques and Addresses" gathered together in this volume, like the "Lay Sermons, Addresses, and Reviews," published three years ago, deal chiefly with educational, scientific, and philosophical subjects; and, in fact, indicate the high-water mark of the various tides of occupation by which I have been carried along since the beginning of the year 1870.

In the end of that year, a confidence in my powers of work, which, unfortunately, has not been justified by events, led me to allow myself to be brought forward as a candidate for a seat on the London School Board. Thanks to the energy of my supporters I was elected, and took my share in the work of that body during the critical first year of its existence. Then my health gave way, and I was obliged to resign my place among colleagues whose large practical knowledge of the business of primary education, and whose self-sacrificing zeal in the discharge of the onerous and thankless duties thrown upon them by the Legislature, made it

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