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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by
GEORGE W. GORDON AND JAMES W. PAIGE, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
OF THE THIRD VOLUME.
CAROLINE LE ROY
MY DEARLY BELOVED Wife:
I cannot allow these volumes to go to the press, without containing a tribute of my affections, and some acknowledgment of the deep in. terest that you have felt in the productions which they contain. You have witnessed the origin of most of them, not with less concern, certainly, than has been felt by their author; and the degree of favor with which they may now be received by the public will be as earnestly regarded, I am sure, by you as by myself.
The opportunity seems, also, a fit one for expressing the high and warm regard which I ever entertained for your honored father, now deceased, and the respect and esteem which I cherish towards the members of that amiable and excellent family to which you belong.