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Introduction should be of a character somewhat different from that of a school-anthology, and should attempt to deal with the Art of Letter-writing, and the nature of theL etter, as such. I formed a plan accord ingly, by which the letters, and their separate Prefatory Notes, might be as it were illustrations to the Intro duction, which was intended in turn to be a guide to them. Having done this with a proper Pourvu que Dieu lui prete vie referring to both book and author, I thought it well to look up next what had been done in the way before me, at least to the extent of what theL ondon Library could provide me in circumstances of enforced abstinence from theM useum and from Bodley. From its catalogue I selected a curious eighteenth-century Art of Letter Writing, and four nineteenth and earliest twentieth century books Roberts sH istory of Letter Writing (1843) with Pickering sever-beloved title-page and his beautiful clear print; theL itterature Epistolaire of Barbey dA urevilly a critic never to be neglected though always to be consulted with eyes wide open and brain alert; finally, two Essays in Dr. Jessopp sS tudies by a Recluse and in theM en and Letters of Mr. Herbert Paul, once a very frequent associate of mine.(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text. Read books online for free at www.forgottenbooks.org