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The present volume is designed as a companion and sequel to the “New London Jest - Book.” The latter purports to be an assemblage of anec. dotes and sayings, of which the essential and indispensable characteristic is some facetious or jocular point. This new collection, on the contrary, comprises a series of select stories, which, though not necessarily destitute of humour, claim to possess an interest and value rather on an historical, literary, or biographical ground.
The chief, if not the only, title which such a work has to public patronage lies, it is presumed, in the character of the materials employed, and great care has consequently been taken to insert nothing which did not seem likely, from the subject or persons referred to, to prove attractive to the general reader. The preference of popular traits and entertaining episodes to some of the more solid facts offered in the several collections of English and foreign Ana has been the directing principle here. Although he has not kept out of