Volume 1 contains essays on the following topics: The Science of History, Times of Erasmus and Luthor: Lectures 1, 2, and 3, The Influence of the Reformation on the Scottish Character, the Philosophy of Catholicism, A Plea for the Free Discussion of Theological Difficulties, Criticism and the Gospel History, The Book of Job, The Dissolution of the Monasteries, England's Forgotten Worthies, Homer, The Lives of the Saints, Representative Men, Reynard the Fox, The Cat's Pilgrimage: Parts 1 through 4, Fables: Parts 1 and 2, Parables of the Bread-Fruit Tree, and Compensation.
Volume 2 contains essays on the following topics:Calvinism, A Bishop of the 12th Century, Father Newman on 'The Grammar of Assent,' Condition and Prospects of Protestantism, England and her Colonies, A fornight in Kerry: Parts 1 and 2, Reciprocal Duties of State and Subject, The Merchant and his Wife, On Progress, The Colonies Once More, Education, England's War, Ireland Since the Union, and Scietific Method Applied to England.
Volume 3 contains essays on the following topics: Annals of an English Abbey, Revival of Romanism, Sea Studies, Society in Italy in the Last Days of the Roman Republic, Lucian, Divus Caesar, On the uses of a Landed Gentry. Party Politics, and Leaves From a South African Journal.
Volume 4 containt essays on the following topics: Life and Times of Thomas Becket, The Oxford Counter-Reformation, Origen and Celsus, A Cagliostro of the 2nd Century, Cheneys and the House of Russell, and A Siding at a Railway Station.