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CASSELL & COMPANY, LIMITED : :
LONDON, PARIS & MELBOURNE.
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THE “Recollections” which I am now venturing to present to the public, consist, for the most part, of a narrative of some fifty years of my life—from the year 1841 to the present timeinterspersed with anecdotes and stories, the particulars of which have come to my knowledge in the course of a long career.
The first part of the work speaks for itself, relating as it does to my uncle, Robert Vernon, who, in the year 1847, presented his collection of modern pictures to the National Gallery; for the rest, the profession which at his death I adopted —that of photography—has thrown me into the company of many well-known and distinguished individuals, and has led to
to my frequent admission as a guest at baronial halls and country houses, where the distinctive characteristics of our English nationality are so fully displayed.
If an excuse for this book be required, it must be demanded of those friends and acquaintances to whom I have, at various times, narrated the incidents here collected; their assurances that this unvarnished tale would be of general interest urged me to the task of authorship. It is sincerely to be hoped that this expectation may be justified.