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No private preference or individual inclination has been suffered consciously to influence our choice-nothing but the desire to make our book acceptable to the widest circle, by the greatest diversity of contents, compatible with uniformity of excellence. The Muses have all been laid under tribute, and each has given her appropriate gift. gift. Clio's trumpet sounds forth the records of the past; the smiles of Thalia and the tears of Melpomene mantle on our pages; Calliope shouts her pæan, and Erato breathes her love-song.
Further, we have endeavoured to supply our Gems with suitable settings and an elegant casket, "like apples of gold in pictures of silver." The reader is left to decide on the success of our endeavour.
EDINBURGH, December, 1865.
The Father's Advice to his Son,