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MY OLD PORTFOLIO;

OR

TALES AND SKETCHES.

BY

HENRY GLASSFORD BELL.

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“I will weep for nothing, like Diana in the fountain; I will
laugh like a hyen, and that when thou art inclined to sleep."

SHAKESPEARE.

LONDON:

SMITH, ELDER, AND CO., 65, CORNHILL.

1832.

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SOMETHING INTRODUCTORY,

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 ?
Or shall we on without apology ?"

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

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