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SKETCHES OF SOCIETY
GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND.
BY c. S. STEWART, M. A.
OF THE U. S. NAVY,
AUTHOR OF “A VISIT TO THE SOUTH SEAS,” &c. &c.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
CAREY, LEA & BLANCHARD.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1 CAREY, LEA & BLANCHARD, in the Clerk's Office of the Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
C. SHERMAN & CO. PRINTERS, No. 19 ST. JAMES STREE
MY DEAR BOARDMAN,
It is not in idle compliment, that your name occupies
Early endeared to me by associations of intimacy and friendship, you are blended in many of the choicest recollections of my youth ; and I am happy in the opportunity, now in our riper years, of paying a slight tribute to the virtues, talent and accomplishments which have won the unalterable regard of
The following volumes were promised to the public, early aster my return from England to the United States, some months ago.
It was my intention, before putting the work to press, to remodel the letters contained in it, and to embrace in them, sentiments and impressions on many points coming under the title I have chosen, as well as on the state of politics, morals, and religion in the United Kingdom, which had been purposely omitted, in my correspondence with America, till the observations of the entire tour should give me full confidence in their truth and correctness.
Orders from Government, however, for immediate duty in the office I hold in the Naval Service, rendered this impracticable ; and good faith to the gentlemen who are my publishers, made it necessary to print from the manuscript in an unaltered form. One volume only could be hastily gotten through the press before I left the United States ; and the second, copied rapidly while crossing the Atlantic, is now despatched to the compositor, without the advantage even of a reperusal.-A statement of circumstances in