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AUTJIOR OF “MY MARINE MEMORANDUM BOOK," &c.
“« There was a SHIP,' quoth he.”
Coleridge's Ancient Mariner.
72, MORTIMER ST , CAVENDISH Sq.
IP a bulky book be an evil, a long preface may be regarded as a still greater nuisance. It is like a long tiresome bow from a master of the ceremonies when he is keeping you from a view of the “divine partner” he is assiduously busied in introducing. Still the Author could not divest himself of the idea that a pretending work in Three Volumes requires a word or two, lest it should be abruptly thrust into the reader's hands.
These volumes contain Two Tales of very opposite characteristics :-the one being a direct Romance ; the other a sort of Novel, where the writer speaks
" Like a man of this world."
But of the two tales, the leading one, though by no means the longest, the writer considers may be safely depended on as the principal.