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HONORABLE JULIA AUGUSTA MAYNARD
AS A TOKEN OF SINCÈRE REGARD;
It may seem strange that another work
from my pen
should appear · Charlotte Corday' having scarcely yet become known to the public. “The Idler Reformed' was finished last Christmas
twelvemonth, and, therefore, it would not be just were I accused of hasty composition ; nor do I think it necessary to detain it “en cachet,” because its sister work is before the public.
Certain that, having pledged my word as to the age of The Idler Reformed,' I shall be believed, I am more impatient than afraid of launching it forth, I will not say upon the ocean of criticism, but upon the ocean of opinions ; and, oh, kind readers, even if ye be more gifted
more intelligent, think of the young author's anxiety, as her name becomes more and more familiar to the public ear.
Friends, who are acquainted with my history, remember how ardently I love my chosen career, how dear to me is the new, the changing, feverish, uncertain existence which, amidst all its disadvantages, has a mine of hidden pleasure for