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ALEXANDER H. JAPP, LL.D., F.R.S.E.
"LIFE OF DE QUINCEY," "THOREAU: A STUDY,' &c., &c.
TO HERBERT SPENCER, Esq.
On July 4th, 1896, you wrote to me, after having glanced at the second of the essays in this volume, as follows: "If, when the article has been revised and type-written, you send it to Mr. Percy W. Bunting, of 'The Contemporary Review,' you may say that I think it is worthy of his attention." Mr. Bunting, notwithstanding my having clipped and pruned it severely, did not think it fit for general reading (though nothing in it is, in my idea, nearly so objectionable as much in a book that every one reads, and is expected, and told that it is his duty to read), so I have restored it to its first condition (which I do hope may not be worse than its last), with a few additional passages; and now, as the only poor return I can make to you for your appreciation of my little effort, and your great kindness to me a stranger to you-in regard to it, I dedicate to you this little volume, which contains only a few trifles besides one other longer essay,