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* Mislike me not that I've essayed to please ye;
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY, 200 BROADWAY,
AND 16 LITTLE BRITAIN, LONDON.
ENTERED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS, IN THE YEAR 1852, BI
L. GAYLORD CLARK,
IN THE OLERK'S OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW-YORK.
SAMUEL D. DAKIN, ESQ.,
THE FAITHFUL FRIEND OF HIS EARLIER AS OF HIS RIPER YEARS,
IS MOST AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED BY
HE present volume is given to its readers with
the old excuse of first-book adventurers - 80licitations of friends; not however without the hope that it may be found in some degree to justify their judgment, or palliate their partiality. During some nineteen years, sitting alone or with company in the sanctum' of the Knickerbocker Magazine, or circulating in the society of a great metropolis, or sojourning at intervals in the country, the writer has seen and heard much that has awakened mirth, and felt much that has elicited tears. Looking back now upon these records, many of them almost forgotten, the old emotions