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Excerpt from The History of Progress in Great BritainI Submit this volume of the History of Progress to the Readers attention, believing that it contains some interesting facts and records not hitherto known, or, at least, not heretofore appliedMoreExcerpt from The History of Progress in Great BritainI Submit this volume of the History of Progress to the Readers attention, believing that it contains some interesting facts and records not hitherto known, or, at least, not heretofore applied to demonstrate the growth of the British mind, and the development of our nations material resources. Having preferred to divide the progress of the several branches of national industry and skill into distinct Sections, and to trace the growth of each separately, I must solicit the Reader and the Critic not to set down as omissions the absence of some matters which are not included in the present volume, solely on account of the classification I have adopted. For instance: the Section upon Horticulture, which remains to be written, will impart completeness to the Progress of Agriculture, herein contained- and in like manner, the Section upon Commerce will be found an essential addition to the Progress of Shipping, Navigation, and Geographical Discovery.The Reader should remember two things. First, that the history is necessarily rapid, concise. In this volume there are contained four distinct Progresses, either of which might easily have been elaborated to the dimensions of the whole volume. Second, the Sectional Histories are brought down to the period which meets the introduction of steam power and machinery. The age of steam forms a strongly marked epoch, and will be fully considered in the Progress of Steam Navigation, Locomotion, etc.I trust that, though concise, the History is not superficial. I have endeavoured to throw myself as far as possible into the moral and mental atmosphere which surrounded our fathers- I have striven to realize their life, thoughts, fears, and difficulties.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.