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THE

AMERICAN MISCELLANY

OF

Popular Tales, Essays, Sketches of Character,

POETRY,

AND

JE U X D'ESPRI T.

BY TRANSATLANTIC AUTHORS.

LONDON:

G. BERGER, HOLYWELL STREET, STRAND;

SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & CO.;

AND ALL BOOKSELLERS.

1840.

PREFACE.

In introducing to British readers a selection from the literary productions of our Transatlantic brethren, the Editor, in his not very difficult task of collating from their pleasant writings, hopes he has succeeded in presenting an interesting Volume.

The AMERICAN MISCELLANY is published in the most popular and least expensive style; which will be appreciated, when it is stated, that its 464 pages contain not less than do fivE VOLUMES of the fashionable novels, published at the sum of two guineas and a half. The contents of the present Work are quite new to the English public, and comprise some

Valuable Essays;
Above 50 Tales, by various Writers;
50 Popular Sketches, by Willis, and others; and

About 50 Poetical Pieces, by Miss Gould, Mrs. Sigourney, Bryant, Dana, &c.

Profiting by experience, extended arrangements are made for the future conduct of the Work, and a more varied selection, both as to illustration and literature, will attest the Editor's sense of the support bestowed on the undertaking.

LONDON,

March 31, 1840.

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