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[Footnote 25:  The first two editions are described above.  The third edition did not appear till nearly a century later, after the revision of the text had been completed, Moscow 1751, fol.  Subsequent editions are as follows:  Moscow 1756, fol. ib. 1757, fol.  St. Petersb. 1756, fol.  Kief 1758, fol.  St. Petersb. 1759, fol.  Moscow 1759, 3 vols. 8vo. ib. 1762, fol. ib. 1766, fol. ib. 1778, 5 vols. 8vo.  Kief 1779, fol.  Mosc. 1784, fol.  Kief 1788, 5 vols. 8vo.  Mosc. 1790, fol. ib. 1797, fol. ib. 1802, fol.  Ofen (Buda) 1804, 5 vols. 8vo.  Mosc. 1806, 4 vols. 8vo. ib. 1810, fol. ib. 1813, 5 vols. 8vo. ib. 1815, 8vo.  St. Petersb. 1816, 8vo. stereotype edition, issued sixteen times up to 1824.  Also in 4to, stereotype edition, issued five times from 1819 to 1821.]

[Footnote 26:  In the work of J. Lewicky, Grammatik der ruthenischen oder kleinrussischen Sprache in Galizien, Przinysl 1836, to which is annexed a short history of the Ruthenian Literature, the Russinian and White-Russian dialects seem to be wholly confounded.]

[Footnote 27:  Schaffarik mentions that an Old Slavic Grammar and a Dictionary were prepared and ready in manuscript, by Vostokof, in 1826.  Whether these works have been since printed we are not informed.]

[Footnote 28:  Very valuable and detailed notices on all the subjects in immediate connection with the Old Slavic and modern Russian Bible, are to be found in Henderson’s Biblical Researches and Travels in Russia, Lond. 1826.  As this book is accessible in this country, and our limits are narrow, we abstain from giving more than a general reference to it, as containing the best information on Slavic matters ever written in the English language.  The reader will find there too a table of the Cyrillic and Glagolitic alphabet, taken from Dobrovsky’s Institutiones.]

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PART II.

EASTERN SLAVI.

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CHAPTER I.

HISTORY OF THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE.

The name of Russia and the Russians is not older than the ninth or tenth century.  The northern part of that vast empire, however, was long before inhabited by Slavic nations, who seem to have been divided into small states under chiefs chosen by themselves; to have been peaceable in their character, and most of them tributary to more powerful neighbours.  About the middle of the ninth century, civil dissensions arose among the Slavi of Novogorod, at the election of a new head or posadnik.  Troubled at the same time from without, by the conquering and enterprising spirit of the Varegians, a Scandinavian tribe, they no longer felt able to make resistance against them; and therefore, A.D. 862, they chose Rurik, the chief of the Varegians, for their own head. 

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