|Publication Date||June 20, 2012|
Difficult as is the matter of which it treats, the author hopes that the work to which he has devoted so many years will merit thoughtful public attention, and come to exercise some modest measure of useful influence in the gradual regeneration of culture and civilisation that will be needed when society passes from its crisis into the healing stage of its lysis. In matter so complex in its nature the author would venture in all modesty to offer the advice of Lagrange :R ead backwards and forwards, in the belief that it will repay careful study. To this end each chapter has been made a whole in itself as well as a part of a larger whole. The indulgence of the critical reader is asked for the authors frequent use of the french custom of the omission of capitals :the aesthetic needs of the eye and avoidance of ambiguity have been deliberately permitted to override the demands of convention and consistency. During a recent long and serious illness the author has become greatly indebted to his esteemed friend Professor Nunn, M.A., D.S c., of London University for correction and criticism of proof sheets, and to his brother, the Rev. John Branford, M.A., for the I ndex.
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