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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1856, by
TICKNOR AND FIELDS,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
New England Type and Stereotype Foundery,
Damroll & Moore, Frinters, Boston.
LL. Barbour Bequest
R OF HIS WORKS.
into the hands s the U. S., of y view to furdgment of the rendered me; ther so widely which in my ce I had found solutely insure me a particithe American hadow of any y legal claim rant in estabon your own e new papers, ue in the eyes in the original bad, they are Tour individual according to make such a ess by law or
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LL. Barbour Bequest
FROM THE AUTHOR, TO THE AMERICAN EDITOR OF HIS WORKS.
THESE papers I am anxious to put into the hands of your house, and, so far as regards the U. S., of your house exclusively; not with any view to further emolument, but as an acknowledgment of the services which you have already rendered me; namely, first, in having brought together so widely scattered a collection- a difficulty which in my own hands by too painful an experience I had found from nervous depression to be absolutely insurmountable; secondly, in having made me a participator in the pecuniary profits of the American edition, without solicitation or the shadow of any expectation on my part, without any legal claim that I could plead, or equitable warrant in established usage, solely and merely upon your own spontaneous motion. Some of these new papers, I hope, will not be without their value in the eyes of those who have taken an interest in the original series. But at all events, good or bad, they are now tendered to the appropriation of your individual house, the Messrs. TICKNOR & FIELDS, according to the amplest extent of any power to make such a transfer that I may be found to possess by law or custom in America.
I wish this transfer were likely to be of more value. But the veriest trifle, interpreted by the spirit in which I offer it, may express my sense of the liberality manifested throughout this transaction by your honorable house.
Ever believe me, my dear sir,
Your faithful and obliged,
THOMAS DE QUINCEY.