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Greater Britain


A CINGHALESE GENTLEMAN.
VIEW F ROM THE BULLER, NEW ZEALAND.
GREATER BRITAIN.
A RECORD OF TRAVEL
 
 IN
 
 ENGLISH-SPEAKING
COUNTRIES
 
 DURING 1866-7.
 
 
 BY
 
 CHARLES
WENTWORTH DILKE.
 
 TWO VOLUMES IN ONE.W I T
H M A P S A N D I L L U S T R A T I O N S.
PHILADELPHIA:J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO.LONDON:
MACMILLAN & CO.1869.
TO
 
 M Y F A T H E R
 
 I D e d i c a t e
 
 THIS BOOK.
C. W. D.
PREFACE.
In 1866 and 1867, I followed England round the world:
everywhere I was in English-speaking, or in English-governed
lands. If I remarked that climate, soil, manners of life, that mixture
with other peoples had modified the blood, I saw, too, that in
essentials the race was always one.
The idea which in all the length of my travels has been at on ce my
fellow and my guide—a key wherewith to unlock the hidden things
of strange new lands—is a conception, however imperfect, of the
grandeur of our race, already girding the earth, which it is destined,
perhaps, eventually to overspread.
In America, the peoples of the world are being fused together, but
they are run into an English mould: Alfred„s laws and Chaucer„s
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