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CHARLES LAMB, Esa.
THIS VOLOME IS INSCRIBED,
AS A MARK OF OLD FRIENDSHIP AND LASTING ESTEEM,
BY THE AUTHOR
TO THE THIRD LONDON EDITION
BY HAZLITT'S SON.
The following work, of which the first edition was sold in a few days, has been long out of print; the present republication has been undertaken to supply the constant and increasing demand which the rising popularity of the author has generated.
Those to whom the masterly criticisms of William Hazlitt are most familiar—we especially allude to the notices of the English poets, the dramatists of Elizabeth's time, the comic writers, the actors of his own day, and the painters of every age-will gladly hail the appearance of the present volume, as a sign and promise of others yet to come; as come they will, in the form of this, and containing matter certainly not less entitled to preservation in an elegant and convenient shape, should the success of the present venture warrant similar experiments.
Those also (a much larger class of the “ reading public") to whom the writings of our vigorous and original author are but partially known, through the medium of stray volumes, or an accidental and cursory glance at his fresh, startling and animated pages, will welcome with no less eagerness what, if encouraged, may prove the commencing volume of a rich and attractive series—an edition of the miscellaneous and scattered writings of this