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While arranging this little book, I have once more enjoyed the society of a few friends and of many pleasant companions, dead and living, and it would have pleased me to have dedicated it to more than one of them.
I have a friend who is still with us, and whose name I should have well liked to have seen on this page, but is he not a distinguished dignitary of our National Church ? and could I have asked him to take so incongruous a collection of trifles under his decanal wings?
If I had asked him, he might not have denied me.
I think I will dedicate my collection to my friends yet living, and to the memory of those who are gone.
25 CHESHAM STREET, S.W.: 1878.