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LONDON: W. KENT AND CO., AND F. PITMAN,

PATERNOSTER ROW.

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We are indebted to the kindness of Alexander Ireland, Esq., Editor of the “ Manchester Examiner and Times"-a personal friend of Emerson, and honorably mentioned by him in chapter 17 of “English Traits"—for the loan of a photograph of Emerson, of which the above truthful likeness is a copy. We have pleasure in presenting this portrait to our readers as a suitable accompaniment to Mr. Johnson's able Lecture at page 225.

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PRE FACE.

We close the present volume of a new series of “THE POPULAR LECTURER" with far more cheering prospects than we commenced it, and, with the continued assistance of our subscribers and contributors, to all of whom we return our grateful thanks, have no doubt of carrying on the work during the coming year to their increased satisfaction. The kind and substantial patronage of Lord Stanley, M.P., which was as graciously as promptly accorded, -as will be seen by the following letter from his lordship,—we regard as a hopeful sign of the past success and future promise of the work. Lord Stanley, writing from “Knowsley, September 29, 1856,” says :

“Sir, I accept with pleasure your offer of the dedication of your forthcoming volume. I fear I cannot contribute an address to it, as arrangements have been made by a publisher to print any speeches or lectures of mine that might be thought worth printing, and I could not, consistently with the understanding between him and me, authorise any other reprint, although I doubt if copyright exist in the case of addresses reported in the newspapers after oral delivery.

I remain, your obedient servant, STANLEY.” “Mr. H. Pitman."

We are glad to have the voluntary testimony of so good an authority as Lord Stanley, that copyright does not exist in lectures after oral delivery and publication in the newspapers.

The present volume contains sixteen able lectures on a variety of subjects, of interest to every person, relating to literature, science, art, biography, education, the food of man, &c., treated by authors eminently qualified to discourse on their

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