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LONDON:
PRINTED FOR SAUNDERS AND OTLEY,

BRITISH AND FOREIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY, CONDUIT STREET,
HANOVER SQUARE.

#> 1825.

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PREFACE.

One of my publishers, who takes pleasure in reading the proofs of the books he delivers, disapproves of my entitling mine a " Tour," &c. affirming that it bears more analogy to Madame de Stael's '* Germany," than to the numerous "Tours" published yearly in France and Switzerland. He would have therefore preferred the substitution of "England and Scotland" for the title I have chosen. No one is more willing to acknowledge than myself, that it is a Bookseller's especial province to be au fait in the construction of titles,—an act of more utility than is usually supposed; but I was alive to the hazard of causing dangerous comparisons; I, therefore, adhered pertinaciously to my first opinion. I am, moreover, bound to confess, that in order to get the better of the timidity I felt in offering to the public my sketches of English literature, I

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