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WASHINGTON IRVING. ETCHED
“AFTER DINNER THE YOUNG FOLKS WOULD PLAY
HIDE-AND-SEEK.” DRAWN BY ARTHUR F.
PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION.
HE following papers, with two exceptions, were
written in England, and formed but part of an
intended series, for which I had made notes and memorandums. Before I could mature a plan, however, circumstances compelled me to send them piecemeal to the United States, where they were published from time to time in portions or numbers. It was not my intention to publish them in England, being conscious that much of their contents would be interesting only to American readers, and in truth, being deterred by the severity with which American productions had been treated by the British press.
By the time the contents of the first volume had appeared in this occasional manner, they began to find their way across the Atlantic, and to be inserted, with many kind encomiums, in the London Literary Gazette. It was said, also, that a London bookseller intended to publish them in a collective form. I determined, there