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Without preface, he abruptly asked, what had been told him of the Duke of Wharton's behaviour the preceding night.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
With this letter is another by the same writer, dated July 30, 1622—a postscript to a duplicate of the preceding letter.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, 1493-1898, VOLUME XX, 1621-1624VARIOUS
In the preceding chapter an examination has been made of the purely mechanical side of the era of machine production.
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
And, Pedro preceding them, the young men gaily descended the stairs.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOLUME 60, NO. 372, OCTOBER 1846VARIOUS
The day was passed in much the same manner as the preceding one, though of course new scenes proved ever interesting to Yung Pak.
OUR LITTLE KOREAN COUSINH. LEE M. PIKE
The fourth Robert de Brus of Annandale, eldest son of the preceding lord, was born in 1210.
KING ROBERT THE BRUCEA. F. MURISON
As on the preceding day, the cook rode perched upon his pony's load of kettles, pans, and pots.
OUR LITTLE KOREAN COUSINH. LEE M. PIKE
On the eighth of the said month it was washed, and another small grain of gold obtained, of the same size as the preceding.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, 1493-1898, VOLUME XX, 1621-1624VARIOUS
In the preceding chapter we have endeavoured to solve the question what are the qualities that constitute good tone.
VIOLINS AND VIOLIN MAKERSJOSEPH PEARCE
The spelling is conformed to that of the preceding poems; the alterations though numerous are slight; as y for i, au for aw, &c.
CHAUCER'S WORKS, VOLUME 1 (OF 7) -- ROMAUNT OF THE ROSE; MINOR POEMSGEOFFREY CHAUCER

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