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Publishers' Note In this volume the publishers reproduce only such political expressions as seem to be historic and are in a sense non-partisan, omitting merely campaign and convention speeches, which, however striking, relate to contemporary interests. The lectures show for themselves. The addresses, beginning with the memorial to Prentice, delivered upon the invitation of the Legislature of Kentucky in i870, to the "Ideal in Public Life," delivered in 1903, on the occasion of the Emerson centenary, including the dedication of the Columb'an Exposition, in I892, the Cross-swords speech of 1877 in the National Cemetery at Nashville, and the many intermediate contributions to the patriotic spirit of the time, notably the Grand Army reception upon its first encampment on Southern soil in i895, will need no word of in- troduction to appreciative Americans. In the form of an "Appendix" the publishers add to these addresses a series of articles from the Courier- Journal which seem to have more than ephemeral in- terest. These relate to "certain downward tendencies in what is known as the Smart Set of Fashionable So- ciety." They created a prodigious sensation when they appeared, hardly less in London than in New York and Newport and other seats of the mighty Four Hundred, being translated into French and Ger- man, and made the text in Paris and Berlin for a critical revival among both the lay-preachers of the press and the leaders of the pulpit and the schools. The first of these articles was drawn out by a lamen- table tragedy, and they grew into a series, under the provocation of the newspaper criticisms which followed. Although more than a year has passed, they continue to be made the subjects of comment and controversy among those who delight to moralize on this particular theme; yet nothing was further from their author's vii