Excerpt from Poetry of Reason and Conscience: Immortality and Worth of the Soul; Ten Scenes in the Life of a Lady of Fashion; And Miscellaneous Pieces
Dear sir: There are some readers into whose hand this vol ume may fall whose good opinion I greatly desire to retain yourself... among the first in that number. To such I wish to say a word or two apologetically.
There is an aspect of auto-biography and self-presentation in some of the minor pieces that is unseemly; but the pieces were first written in letters to friends, or in incidental sketches, and they could not be printed at all without presenting them as they were written.
There are likewise some minor pieces, the omission of which the proprieties of age would seem to indicate. One of these, at least, has been inserted by the request of a friend. And after all, is it not due to truth, in some sense, that the varying phases which the same mind may take on, under different in¿uences, should be exhibited, rather than inhibited?
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