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HENRY G. BOHN, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

1851.

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PREFACE.

The following papers, though never before published in a volume, have appeared in the Journal, of which the author is Editor. They were "editorials ”— “articles” written, that is to say, at one sitting, and printed from ink scarce dry. This will justify the name under which they appear-hurry-graphs—for the invention of which much wanted word, the author begs pardon till it comes into general use.

One other apologetic difference between this and books written at leisure:—the subjects have been chosen from nearness at hand, or from their occupancy of public attention at the moment, or from being apt to the interest or conversation of the passing hour, Some allowance should be made, perhaps, for the journalist who thus takes topics as they come, and writes without the advantage of prepared taste or previous attention,

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