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PRINTED FOR HURST, ROBINSON & CO.

5, WATERLOO-PLACE, PALL-MALL.

1826.

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TO MY READERS.

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I did not like many amiable authors, write these pages purely from the benevolent motive of amusing your leisure hours; for I wrote them to amuse my own. Nor do I publish them, like most diffident writers, “with sincere reluctance, and only at the reiterated and urgent request of partial friends”-I publish them entirely to please myself, and for the purpose of enjoying the satisfaction of seeing them in print;-a delight, though unconfessed, so dear to the secret soul of an author !

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“ An author ! But what author ?"-methinks I hear you inquire ; for as the first question always asked about a man, is—“Who is he?” not “What is he?" so the first inquiry about a book is, not—"What are its merits ?” but “Who is the author?”

After all, however, what can it signify to you, my dear readers, who I am ? I have a name, certainly but what has my name to do with my

book ?"

A rose,

By any other name would smell as sweet.

Besides,

Authors you know of greatest fame,
Through modesty suppress their name;
And would you wish me to reveal,
What these superior wits conceal ?

The fact is, my noble, gentle, and simple readers, that I don't like to tell you my name, because I am afraid you won't like

my

book.

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