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17 LQ 82%.565
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1842, by
HARRISON GRAY, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
T. G, WELLS, PRINTER TO THE UNIVERSITY.
To Louis L. NOBLE.
My Dear Friend :— The Essays contained in this little volume, are a portion of the fruit of my leisure hours during the last summer. The topics have generally originated in passing incidents, and are consequently of a desultory character. I have seldom taken my pen in hand unless prompted by the impulse of the moment. My ambition has been to please the fancy, and mend the heart of
my reader; and, the commendation of a single individual possessing affections kindred to my own, will afford me more happiness than the applause of the multitude. With regard to my reception in the world
of Letters, I would say, that if candid critics treat me kindly, I shall be encouraged to print again ; but if they do not, I hope their frowns or ridicule will interpose no obstacle in the way of the mercantile pursuits in which you know it is my pride and my pleasure to be engaged. As a token of my friendship, and also of my esteem for you as a man, a Christian, and a Poet, I herewith dedicate to you this humble effort, hoping that its perusal will freshen the recollection of by-gone hours which we have enjoyed together, and revive some of the pleasing associations of your youth. As you will perceive, I have illustrated my first essay by an engraving from one of my own drawings. May this, as the design of an amateur, meet with your approbation. Affectionately yours,
CHARLES LANMAN. New York City, Autumn of 1841.