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THE

ORIGIN

OF

THE DUTCH:

WITH

A SKETCH OF THEIR LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE,

AND

SHORT EXAMPLES,

TRACING THE PROGRESS OF THE LANGUAGE.

BY THE

REV. J. BOSWORTH, F.R.S., F.S.A.

DR. PHIL. OF LEYDEN; MEMBER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE, LONDON; OF
DUTCH LITERATURE, LEYDEN; AND BRITISH CHAPLAIN AT ROTTERDAM-

HONORARY F.R.S. OF SCIENCES, NORWAY; F.S.A. COPENHAGEN; F.R.S.

DRONTHEIM; F. LIT. S. ICELAND; F.R.S. OF SCIENCES, GOTHEN-

BURG; F. LIT. S. NOTTINGHAM, BRISTOL, &C.

LONDON:

LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, AND GREEN:

TALBOYS, OXFORD: STEVENSON, CAMBRIDGE.

MDCCCXXXVI.

765.

CAMBRIDGE:

PRINTED BY METCALFE AND PALMER,

ST. MARY'S STREET.

ΤΟ

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE BARON VAN DOORN,

AND

BARON COLLOT D'ESCURY,

THIS LITTLE WORK IS INSCRIBED,

WITH THE GREATEST RESPECT,

By J. BOSWORTH.

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PREFACE.

THE following Sketch was drawn up as part of the Introduction to the DICTIONARY of the ANGLO-SAXON LANGUAGE. A few copies have been separately printed, to meet the wishes of those who are interested in Dutch literature. This Sketch might have been easily extended to a large volume; but, as ample justice has been done to the Dutch language and literature, by the authors named in the note at the foot of the twentyninth page, it is only deemed expedient, at present, to refer those who wish to enter more fully into the subject, and the British public in general, to these respectable authorities.

In every part, reference is made to the source from which the information has been derived. The author, however, to ensure as much correctness as possible, has consulted some of his personal friends, eminent for their knowledge of Dutch. Here he deems it necessary to express his obligation to one of the most celebrated native scholars, Professor Siegenbeek; at the same time that he acknowledges himself greatly indebted to a foreigner, C. H. Stahl, Esq. LL.D., late Vice-Chancellor of Holstein, whose predilection for the Dutch has induced him, after traversing nearly every province in Europe, to take up his residence at Haarlem, and to become perfectly acquainted with the Dutch language and literature.

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