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AUTJIOR OF “MY MARINE MEMORANDUM BOOK," &c.

“« There was a SHIP,' quoth he.”

Coleridge's Ancient Mariner.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
THOMAS CAUTLEY NEWBY, PUBLISHE

72, MORTIMER ST , CAVENDISH Sq.

1846

/ 1056.

BODI.

PREFACE.

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

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" 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.

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