From the Preface on page V, in Volume I:
"It must not be supposed that in the following pages the author puts forward any pretensions to compete with the historians who have made the period of English history to which they refer emphatically their own. They are designed, on the contrary, to deal with incidents and details which the historian overlooks or but briefly touches; in a word, with the gossip of history, with personal characteristics, with the ana and anecdotes which float like straws on the great currents of thought and action. Thus, the personal history of 'the White King' (as Lilly the astrologer calls him) is narrated at considerable length, including numerous particulars which the historian passes over, though they are not without value as illustrations of character and of the manners of the time."
From the opening to Chapter 1 on page 1, in Volume II:
"Three Noble Ladies: Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle - Lady Anne Fanshawe - Mrs. Hutchinson.
The memoirs of the three famous Englishwomen whose names and titles are prefixed to this chapter help the reader to an intelligent conception of the domestic life of England, among the cultivated classes, in the reign of Charles I. - a domestic life of which any country might be proud, for it was brightened by all the social graces, and consecrated by unsullied purity and unfading affection."
The Volumes are in fair condition, yet have worn greatly due to their age - the covers and spine are very worn in places, the pages are worn - especially at the bottoms and edges - ,some of the pages have not been cut apart and the first pages of both volumes have detached from the spine (but are enclosed); both bearing a "This book belongs to" stamp on the reverse side - some of these issues can be seen in the attached photographs of the books.