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PRINTED BY J. & J. HARPER, 82 CLIFEST.

SOLD BY COLLINS AND H NAY, COLLINS AND CO., G. AND C. CARVILL,

A. T. QO0DRICH, 0. A. ROORBACH, E. BLISS, W. BURGESS, JR., N. B. HOLMES, AND C. S. FRANCIS ;-PAILADELPHIA, CAREI, LEA, AND CAREY, AND JOHN GRIGG.

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PRE FACE.

The success of a former production is, perhaps, the best apology for the appearance of another by the same authors. In publishing the present characteristic Tale, illustrative of scenes, manners, and sentiments, which must necessarily be novel to the far greater portion of society, it may be only requisite to say, that the authors have been encouraged to appear again before the public, by the indulgent and flattering reception the Naval Sketch BOOK obtained in each edition.

Compared with the view of society contained in these pages, the former Work may perhaps have been considered too professional for some readers. In the present instance, the writers have endeavoured to consult the general taste, particularly that of the INFLUENTIAL FAIR, by presenting a story enlivened by the introduction of characters, to which parallels may have been found within the circle of almost every reader's society ; with the exception of the veteran hero, whom the cognoscenti may be disposed to consider a unique.

In conclusion, it may be necessary to explain the reason why the authorship of the former Work was announced in the singular number. In some instances, the subjects examined were so strictly technical, that one of the parties, not being himself a naval man, felt a degree of diffidence in seeming to claim a share in originating several suggestions, which could only have been the fruit of intimate acquaintance with

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