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ASTOR, LENOX AM
ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, D9
FREDERIC S. COZZENS,
In the Clerk's Office the District Court of the U.S. for the Southern District of New York
W. H. TINSON, Sierontyper.
GEORGE RUSSELL & Co., Printers.
Doubtless you have read, in the work of a quaint old commentator whose name has been quietly obscuring itself in the rust of pearly three centuries, these words—“It hath beene the custome of many men to make their introductions to their bookes, like to some Grecian Cities gates; so ample, that (as the Prouerbe ranne), their Citie was ready to steale thorow the same." You and I who appreciate wisdom-especially if it be a little mouldy, at once recognized the value of the hint conveyed by that piece of antiquated orthography. Therefore, to you, the brevity of this preface will, I trust, commend the book quite as much as though I had taken the matter in hand through the length and breadth of a score of pages. As there is nothing in it worth a smooth-faced prologue, nothing that would be the better for an apology, and nothing worth reviewing seriously, may I beg leave to present it without any introduction, except the very excellent designs of Mr. Darley?
CHESTNUT COTTAGE, March 1st, 1856.