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TO

PROFESSOR JOHN W. FRANCIS, M.D.,

The Skilful Physician, the Constant Friend,

THE GENIAL HUMORIST, AND THE LOVER OF LITERATURE

THIS VOLUME

IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED

HIS OBLIGED FRIEND AND

SINCERE ADMIRER

THE AUTHOR,

INTRODUCTION.

The present collection embraces articles in various Journals, (Arcturus, the Church Record, the Boston Miscellany, Democratic and Whig Reviews, Union Magazine and the Literary World; from which sources, the volume entitled Literary Studies was also selected,) published during the last nine years. This fact is mentioned to account for a diversity of style, that may be remarked among the essays, a comparative harshness in some and an acquired facility in others. The papers are not arranged chronologically, but rather according to the subjects, a natural division under which they fall. None of the papers in this volume are included in either · Literary Studies' or 'the Analyst.

The contents of this series have been selected with no little care : long review articles, and certain papers of literary statistics, at once didactic and declamatory, in some cases hastily made up and in which a good deal of catalogueing too frequently occurs, have been omitted. A

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