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HE papers here first collected were originally
published in “ The Reflector,” “The Examiner,” “ The Indicator," * “The London
Journal,” “The Monthly Chronicle," and “The New Monthly Magazine;" and were written at widely different periods of the author's life — in his early manhood, middle life, and old age.
If there is any intelligent person who professes not to like Leigh Hunt, it is probably for precisely the same reason that Charles Lamb professed not to like the W—s, - because he did not know them. For Leigh Hunt is one of the most delightful of authors, and all who read him admire him for his scholarly tastes and literary amenities, his nimble wit, bright fancy, and subtle perception of beauty; and love him for his glad heart and sunny disposition, his large and generous sympathies, and noble, Christian faith in the innate goodness of man.
This volume of essays and sketches, — written in the author's pleasant, characteristic manner, and full of what Hawthorne happily calls “his unmeasured poetry,” — will, I hope, be acceptable to the old admirers of Leigh Hunt, and introduce him to many new and appreciative readers.
J. E. B. CHELSEA, November 18, 1869.
* The little weekly periodical, from which the well-known delightful work of the same name is a selection.