Excerpt from A Greek Reader: Consisting of New Selections and Notes, With References to the Principal Grammars Now in Use
To those of my friends, who, from my own statements, expected an earlier issue, it is only just to myself to say, that I have most earnestly struggled to ... make good my promises. But in vain. To stereotype was a necessary condition of publication. A process always slow, it was in this case rendered more so by the immense and pressing business of the eminent house (metcalf Cambridge) to whom this work was intrusted, and by extraordinary domestic trials, which compelled me, meanwhile, more often than not, to do all my mental work while other men slept.
As for mistakes, the tastes and principles of the author are utterly against them. Everywhere, and above all in books, they are inexcusable. But I am a deliberate offender. As the Reader was some years since out of print, I judged that the schools who use it would prefer an earlier issue slightly inaccurate, to waiting at the cost of perfectness. The errata, if any, will be found chie¿y in the figures used for reference. They could not be easily avoided, since the proofs were on white paper, and corrected in the country, ninety miles from press, and generally at midnight; conditions not very favorable to steady vision.
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