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OR BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES
OF MY LITERARY LIFE AND OPINIONS
BY SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
SECOND EDITION PREPARED FOR PUBLICATION IN PART
COMPLETED AND PUBLISHED
BY HIS WIDOW
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, Esq. P. L.
MY DEAR MR. Wordsworth,
HAVE received with great pleasure your permission to inscribe to you this new edition of my Father's Biographia Literaria. You will find in it some of the latest writings of my dear departed Husband;—some too of my own, to which I know you will be indulgent; but my chief reason for dedicating it to you is, that it contains, though only in a brief and fragmentary form, an account of the Life and Opinions of your friend, S. T. Coleridge, in which I feel assured that, however you may dissent from portions of the latter, you take a high and peculiar interest. His name was early associated with your's from the time when you lived as neighbours, and both together sought the Muse, in the lovely Vale of Stowey. That this association may endure as long as you are both remembered,—that not only as a Poet, but as a Lover and a Teacher of Wisdom, my Father may continue to be spoken of in connection with you, while your writings become more and more fully and widely appreciated, is the dearest and proudest wish that I can form for his memory.
I remain, dear Mr. Wordsworth,
REGENT'S PARK, January 30, 1847.