This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1855 Excerpt: ... LETTERS. INTRODUCTORY NOTE. The statement may be made respecting all the persons to whom the following letters were addressed, which the editor is requested to make by one of them, that a natural shrinking has been felt at the idea of revealing to the eyes of strangers the words of a friend, penned with all the freedom of confiding intercourse. No temptation would induce one to overstep the path of fidelity to the dead, while allusions to the living, inwrought with the correspondence, increased the difficulty. Yet it was felt to be essential to retain, to the limit that fidelity and honor would allow, the delicate finish of personal expression, which constitutes one of the charms of these fresh, spirited, and genial letters. The Editor can desire nothing more, than that the task of selection from the large number of letters received, may be appreciated with the same generous confidence with which the friends of Mary M. Chase have submitted packages of correspondence, with no other restriction than that which his own judgment imposed. Universal approval is hardly expected. Passages may occur, which one or another reader will doubt the wisdom of publishing; but it is thought that more have been omitted which competent critics would say were ' too good to be lost.' The letters towards the close of the series, addressed to a gentleman, were written in the unreserve of true friendship, and he has consented to their publication, in the trust that no inappropriate misconstruction will be made. LETTERS. LETTER I. Albany, 1845. I Cannot live another day without writing to you, darling that you are. I have conned over heartfully a 12mo of letters to you since I received yours, but could not write them, for I have been attending the dentist so constantly, with such in...
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