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When we say that WHEELER'S History of Manchester contains upwards

of five hundred pages—that it commences with the history of that cotton-spinning town from the period when " Celtic emigrants from the Continent spread northward, and covering districts now familiarly known to us, reached at length the banks of the river Medlock, and planted a station there about the time (parvis componere magna) of Darius' great expedition to Greece, and the establishment of the Consulate at Rome," and comes down to the tors of Railways, Reform Bills, and Municipal Acts—shall we stand excused for not having read it? So far as examination enables one to judge, it is methi.dically arranged and popularly put together, with a fair sprinkling of what is now so easily obtained—statistical tables, and a part devoted to biographical accounts of eminent Lancastrians. Amongst these, is a oomph- rnentary Life of the two Sir ROBERTS; from which the present Member for Tamworth will learn the news that " the family is of some considerable standing in the county."