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IN TWO VOLUMES.
LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, GREEN, & LONGMAN,
In compliance with the very admirable practice now generally adopted, I might, by means of preparatory puff-paragraphs, have assured the public that “People ask each other whether the book is not by far too strong in many parts, and likely to give great offence, as maliciously quizzical upon several individuals.”
This, I say, I might have done, it being no more than what is done every day; and a very honest piece of humbug it is, because it is instantly perceived that people are not likely to know much of a book before it is published. In such cases, therefore, “people” must be understood to refer to the compositors and printers' devils, who are the sole persons behind the curtain ; and, as regards the present work, they have meddled with it only officially—that is printing-office-ally. Should any one after actually perusing them be of opinion that these volumes contain aught of reprehensible import in the various Rhapsodies and Notes with which they abound, I would recommend him to read them over again with greater attention, when he will probably arrive at a more sensible conclusion.