11 AUGUST 1866, Page 1

THE PROVINCIAL HISTORY of ENGLAND.—A Series of Articles will be

commenced in the SPECTATOR in September, containing the history of each province in England so far as it is separate from that of the nation, its geography, its ethnology, and the special part it has borne in the national story. The Series will commence with "The West Country," the word province not being used as synonymous with county, but including any district visibly possessing a special, though provincial life. For example, the West Country forms such a district, and so do the Eastern Counties, or the Midland, or Lancashire and Cheshire, each having marked peculiarities of its own, which escape those who have not made them a subject of study.