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• Let literature be an honorable augmentation to your arms, not constitute
the coat or fill the escutcheon.'— COLERIDGE.
PUBLISHED BY CROCKER & BREWSTER,
THE NEW YORK
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ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1836, by
D. K. HITCHCOCK, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
HOWEVER common a thing it may be for persons engaged in the busy affairs of mercantile or mechanical pursuits, to enter the field of literature, it is not very frequently the case that they publish books bearing their own names and signets. Still we are not aware of any special edict against such a proceeding ; and, as it regards the propriety of the thing, there cannot be a question, provided it be proper for such persons to write at all. For, surely every man should bear his own burden of obloquy, who writes badly: and on the other hand, it is but justice to him who writes acceptably and to the profit of his readers, that the credit should be given to him rather than to another. With these views, I have undertaken the compilation of the following pages, and now offer them, as a small tribute, upon the altar of our common literature.
Some of the contents of this volume have before appeared, as contributions to periodical and ephemeral publications in various parts of the Union, over the signatures, Wilhelm,'
Guildhelm,' &c. As a whole, they are the result of those intervals of leisure with which every man is favored, - the