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“I have no wife nor children, good or bad, to provida for. A mere
spectator of other men's fortunes and adventures, and how they play
their parts; which, methinks, are diversely presented unto me, as from a
common theatre or scene.”—Burton.

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* BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the fifteenth day of May, L. s.; in the forty-third year of the independence of the United # States of America, C. S. WAN WINKLE, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as Proprietor, in the words following, to wit:

“The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. “I have no wife nor children, good or bad, to provide for. A mere spectator of other men's fortunes and adventures, and how they play their parts; which, methinks, are diversely presented unto me, as #. a common theatre or scene.”—Burton.”

In Conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned.” And also to the Ac entitled, “An Act supplementary to an act, entitled “An Act for th Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and #. to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned,’ and extending the benefits thereof, to the arts of designing, engraving and etching, historical and other Prints.” GILBERT LIVINGSTON THOMPSON, Clerk of the Southern district of New-York.

| CONTENTS OF WOLUME I.

Dedication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Advertisement to the first American edition ............... 7

Advertisement to the first English edition ................. 9

The Author's Account of Himself....................... 11

The Voyage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Roscoe . . . . . . • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

The Wife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Rip Van Winkle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

English Writers on America. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Rural Life in England . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

The Broken Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

The Art of Book-Making . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

A Royal Poet ......... .............................. 110

The Country Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

The Widow and her Son . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

The Boar’s Head Tavern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

The Mutability of Literature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163

Rural Funerals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

The Inn Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195

The Spectre Bridegroom ............................. 198

Westminster Abbey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221

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