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CAPTAIN BASIL HALL,
IN THREE VOLUMES.
EDWARD MOXON, DOVER STREET.
WHEN this work was nearly ready for publication, it became necessary to decide upon a Title; but this, which at first sight may seem a very easy matter, proved not a little embarrassing. There were, it is true, innumerable titles for me to choose from, and sufficiently descriptive of the work ; but every one of these had been worn so utterly threadbare, as to be quite useless, or worse than useless-hurtful.
After much consideration, it occurred to me that the term PATCHWORK would not only describe the book correctly, but would carry with it, so far as I knew, the merit of novelty.
On propounding this idea to my Publisher, he opposed it stoutly, and even stated in round terms that such an appellation would inevitably "damn the work,"-alleging, among other reasons, that the word was associated only with beggars and bed-covers.