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ESSAYS AND SKETCHES

OF

EDMUND J. ARMSTRONG.

WORKS OF

EDMUND J. ARMSTRONG.

THE POETICAL WORKS OF EDMUND J. ARMSTRONG.

Edited by GEORGE FRANCIS ARMSTRONG. A New Edition, containing many Poems not before published. Fcap. 8vo. With Portrait on Steel by C. H. JEENS, and Vignette. Price 5s.

“His young star will continue to shine before the eyes of all

who study English poetry."-SAINTE-BEUVE. ESSAYS AND SKETCHES OF EDMUND J. ARMSTRONG.

Edited by GEORGE FRANCIS ARMSTRONG. Fcap. 8vo. Price 55.

THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF EDMUND J. ARMSTRONG.

Edited by GEORGE FRANCIS ARMSTRONG. Fcap. 8vo. With
Portrait and Vignette. Price 7s. 6d.

LONGMANS AND CO

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ELZEVIR PRESS :-PRINTED BY JOHN C. WILKINS AND VERNON,

9 CASTLE STREET, CHANCERY LANE.

EDITOR'S PREFACE.

I

COLLECT these essays and fragments of prose

writing, and present them here in print, first, that I myself and the dearest and nearest friends and associates of the Writer may possess them in a durable and accessible shape; and, next, that all others who can admire in them what of his mind and character they reveal, or can at least derive pleasure from sympathy with the intellectual activity of youth, may know them and enjoy them. I had intended that the collection should form a portion of the volume containing the Author's Life and Letters, of which it is the natural complement, and in connection with which it is my hope that it may be read; but, the latter volume having swelled to unexpected proportions, I publish it, as a matter of convenience, in a separate book.

Few of these prose-pieces were ever meant thus to see the light. One only—that on Essayists and Essay-Writingwas printed during the Author's lifetime; two or three had been circulated in MS.,

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