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support of my friends-and many of the noblest and best in the land, I am proud to say, are among them—sheds a silvery halo of peace and contentment round my declining years, and soothes the pain of many an aching wound. Thanks to you all!

Especially the Author's acknowledgments are here most justly due to the kind and courteous criticisms of the Press, with which he was so long associated ; and even from the hands of strangers, to himself personally. He fain hopes, that the succeeding numbers of these Reminiscences, which will appear now in rapid succession, will not be received less graciously than the portion now published.

The Author once more subscribes himself, with a lively sense of gratitude and unfaltering duty,

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