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LETTERS, CONVERSATIONS,

AND

RECOLLECTIONS.

CONVERSATIONS AND RECOLLECTIONS

OF

S. T. COLERIDGE.

EDITED BY

THOMAS ALLSOP,

« OF NUTFIELD, IN THE COUNTY OF SURREY, AND FORMERLY OF NO. 1, ROYAL EXCHANGE

BUILDINGS, AND A MEMBER OF THE STOCK EXCHANGE."

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Pliny writ his Letters for the Public ; so did Seneca, so did Balzac, Voiture, &c. &c.; Tully
did not : and therefore these give us more pleasure than any which have come down to us from
antiquity. When we read them we pry into a secret which was intended to be kept from us.
That is a pleasure. We see Cato and Brutus and Pompey and others such as they really were,
and not such as the gaping multitude of their own age took them to be, or as Historians and
Poets have represented them to ours. That is another pleasure. --BOLINGPROKB TO SWIFT.

SECOND EDITION,

LONDON:

GROOMBRIDGE & SONS, 5, PATERNOSTER ROW;
WATERLOW & SONS, BIRCHIN LANE, LONDON WALL,
AND 49, PARLIAMENT STREET, WESTMINSTER.

1858,

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THE following admirable and instructive Letters, forming portion of a Correspondence between Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his friend and favourite disciple Thomas Allsop, were originally printed in the year 1836. Although published in a very expensive form, the first edition was quickly exhausted, and the Work has now been for some time out of print. Being impressed with a conviction of the great value of these reminiscences of the Great Thinker, I have for some time had it in contemplation to reprint the Work in a form accessible to the majority of readers-an intention of which the execution has been hitherto prevented by the ceaseless claims of an engrossing and anxious occupation. Probably this might have been still longer deferred had not recent circumstances rendered it incumbent on me, for

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