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ESSAYS.

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BY

R. W. EMERSON,

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OF CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS.

With Preface

BY THOMAS CARLYLE.

LONDON:

JAMES FRASER, REGENT STREET.

MDCCCXLI.

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To the great reading public entering Mr. Fraser's and other shops in quest of daily provender, it may be as well to state, on the very threshold, that this little Reprint of an American Book of Essays is in no wise the thing suited for them; that not the great reading public, but only the small thinking public, and perhaps only a portion of these, have any question to ask concerning it. No Editor or Reprinter can expect such a Book ever to become popular here. But, thank Heaven, the small thinking public has now also a visible existence among us, is visibly enlarging itself.

At the present time it can be predicted, what some years ago it could not be, that a certain number of human creatures will be found extant in England to whom the words of a man speaking from the heart of him, in what fashion so. ever, under what obstructions soever, will be wel

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