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THE NEW Yv.X

PULLIC LIBRARY

28775B

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TIL EN YAUNDATIONS

1939 lei

LONDON Printed by D. S. Maurice, Fenchurch-street.

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PREFACE.

The present Volume of the “ FRIENDSHIF's OFFERING” is presented to the public, under circumstances which render a few observations necessary. It has, very recently, come into its present Editor's hands, with a view to an entire change in its character and plan; and, under the disadvantage of that fact, he has, of course, found it impossible to avail himself of all those sources which he has reason to believe are open to him, next year, for giving interest to its pages. The difficulties of his situation have, however, been greatly relieved, by the kindness and promptitude with which assistance has been given to him, in almost every quarter in which the limited time permitted an application :-and, whilst he has thus been enabled to present to the public, on the present occasion, a very splendid assemblage

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