Excerpt from The Wisdom and Wit of Blessed Thomas More: Being Extracts From Such of His Works as Were Written in English
In 1891 I published the Life and Writings of Sir Thomas More. In that volume I gave a short account of his various books and pamphlets both in Latin and English, together with numerous extracts and translations. Several of my reviewers expressed a hope that a complete Library Edition of the Works of More might soon be undertaken. Perhaps the present collection may serve as a sample both of his matter and manner, and hasten the desired reprint. As such a publication, however, would be very costly, and must of course retain the old spelling, it would not bring the wisdom or the wit of the great writer much nearer to the general public, and the selection I have made would still be useful. I had announced a reprint, somewhat abridged, of the holy martyr's Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation, written by him in the Tower; but I am glad to find there is a remainder of Dolman's reprint still on sale by Mr. Baker, of 1 Soho Square. I have, therefore, merely added extracts from it to selections from his other writings. I have thought it better not to reproduce here any of the passages of More's various writings that I have interwoven into his life.
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