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MY OLD PORTFOLIO;
TALES AND SKETCHES.
HENRY GLASSFORD BELL.
“I will weep for nothing, like Diana in the fountain; I will
SMITH, ELDER, AND CO., 65, CORNHILL.
BUT NOT A PREFACE.
Nobody reads Prefaces. Nobody should. They are always the dullest parts of dull books. To any author who asks with Romeo,
What, shall this speech be spoke for our excuse ?
The answer of Benvolio is conclusive
“ The date is out of such prolixity.”
The reader likes to get into the heart of the mystery without loss of time. It only provokes him to see a fellow scraping and