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Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1.   By: (1807-1877)

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TEN THOUSAND A YEAR.

[Illustration: Portrait of the author.]

TEN THOUSAND A YEAR.

BY

SAMUEL WARREN, F.R.S.

VOL. I.

BOSTON: LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY. 1900.

University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge.

To Emily,

A LITTLE BLUE EYED LAUGHING IMAGE OF PURITY AND HAPPINESS,

THESE VOLUMES ARE INSCRIBED

AS A SLIGHT MEMORIAL OF A FATHER'S AFFECTION FOR AN ONLY DAUGHTER.

October , 1841.

TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE

The author provided thirty three notes to the text. They are indicated by numbers in square brackets, as[12]. The notes themselves are at the end of the document. To find note number 12, search for "Note 12".

This edition contains only ASCII text (ISO 8859 1). The oe ligature is rendered simply as oe. Two Greek phrases in the Notes are shown in Beta code.

Four typographical errors were corrected in transcription: Gamman for Gammon, p. 169; possisible for possible, p. 195; familarly for familiarly, p. 250; and possesssion for possession, p. 402.

PUBLISHERS' PREFACE.

The fact that a well printed edition of this notable story has not been in print either in England or America since its original publication in 1841 is a sufficient reason for the present edition.

It includes the valuable notes in which the author elucidated the "many legal topics contained in the work, enabling the non professional reader to understand more easily the somewhat complex and elaborate plot of the story."

Of the story itself it is hardly necessary to speak. Always deservedly popular, it has been widely read for nearly fifty years in England and America, has been translated into French and German, and has only required to be presented in a pleasing form, with readable type and good paper, to insure it the circulation which it deserves.

Boston, 1889.

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.

The Author of this Work begs gratefully to express his conviction that no small share of any success which it may have met with, is attributable to the circumstance of its having had the advantage of an introduction to the public through the medium of Blackwood's Magazine a distinguished periodical, to which he feels it an honor to have been, for a time, a contributor.

One word, only, he ventures to offer, with reference to the general character and tendency of "TEN THOUSAND A YEAR." He has occasionally observed it spoken of as "an amusing and laughable" story; but he cannot help thinking that no one will so characterize it, who may take the trouble of reading it throughout, and be capable of comprehending its scope and object. Whatever may be its defects of execution, it has been written in a grave and earnest spirit; with no attempt whatever to render it acceptable to mere novel readers; but with a steadfast view to that development and illustration, whether humorously or otherwise, of principles, of character, and of conduct, which the author had proposed to himself from the first, in the hope that he might secure the approbation of persons of sober, independent, and experienced judgment.

Literature is not the author's profession. Having been led, by special circumstances only, to commence writing this work, he found it impossible to go on, without sacrificing to it a large portion of the time usually allotted to repose, at some little cost both of health and spirits. This was, however, indispensable, in order to prevent its interference with his professional avocations. It has been written, also, under certain other considerable disadvantages which may account for several imperfections in it during its original appearance... Continue reading book >>




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