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- There's magic in the web of it.-
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
Southern District of New-York, 88.
. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the sixth day of
-There's magic in the web of it.
As nothing else can match.-Othello.
FRED. J. BETTS,
J. SEYMOUR, PRINTER, JOHN-STREET.
WHEN I committed to the press, last year, a miscellaneous selection from my unpublished writings, I had no idea of commencing a series of volumes, to appear annually in the same form. Nor is it my present purpose to present myself periodically before the public. But I have been induced, from several considerations, to prepare for the press another volume, of the same form with its predecessor. I will not deny that the flattering reception given to the first, both by the people and the critics, has had its influence upon me; although, as I remarked in my first preface, I have been thought too careless about literary fame.
One thing, I confess, has excited my astonishment; so far forth, at least, as one who has seen much of the world, and practically imbibed the nil-admirari philosophy, can be surprised at any thing. I allude to the rash conjectures, made by some extremely clever reviewers, as to the fact of my existence; nay, who have insinuated doubts as to my being a living person-ascribed my effusions to several individuals—treated me as a mere man of straw-and actually advertised me in their index, as “ Mr. Herbert, the fictitious author of The Talisman.” I certainly have had the evidence of my own senses, for a longer term of years than I care to mention, as to my own identity; and there are numbers of my friends who have seen me, touched me, talked with me, and ate and drank with me. They can certify that I perform the functions of a thinking, feeling, laughing and cooking animal. I have a dog, too—like the little woman in the nursery rhyme—and he knows me.”
I will not venture a supposition that some of the individuals whom I had before suffered to