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The following Biography contains in a condensed form the Story of the Life of George Stephenson.
The author has been gratified to observe that the opinion which he ventured to express in the Preface to the original work, that such a Life would be found to furnish matter of interest as well as instruction, has been amply justified by the judgments of many able men, as well as by the generous reviews of the book which have appeared, and which he takes this opportunity of acknowledging.
The present work has been prepared in some measure in compliance with a wish generally expressed, that the Biography should be published in a more accessible form for general readers, and also with a view to its being adopted as a manual for the young. To such the author trusts the book will prove attractive as well as useful, by reason of the faithful record which it contains of a true man's career, and the practical lessons which it teaches, of steady industry, patient encounter with difficulties, and unflagging perseverance in the accomplishment of great and worthy objects.
The larger work contains full details respecting the history of the invention of the Locomotive Engine, and vi PREFACE.
of the Eailway system generally, together with the able Eesume by Mr. Eobert Stephenson, of British Eailways and their Eesults, delivered before the Institution of Civil Engineers; and the author would accordingly refer such readers as desire to obtain more full information on those subjects, to that work, which has already attained its Fifth Edition.
The Illustrations to this volume are from sketches made on the spot by Mr. Edward Whymper.
London, April, 1859.