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AN

AUTUMN NEAR THE RHINE,

OR,

SKETCHES OF COURTS, SOCIETY,

AND

SCENERY IN GERMANY;

WITH A

TOUR IN THE TAUNUS MOUNTAINS

IN 1820.

Let him keep also a Diary-let him diet in such places, where

there is good company of the nation where he travelleth.

BACON.

SECOND EDITION,

TO WHICH ARE NOW ADDED

TRANSLATIONS FROM

SCHILLER, GOETHE, AND OTHER GERMAN POETS.

LONDON:
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

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PREFACE

TO

THE SECOND EDITION,

The Author of the following Letters has been induced by the degree of favour which they have undeservedly received, and by the circumstance of their having been read in translations both in Germany and France, to endeavour to render them more deserving of public approbation, than they were in the crude and hasty shape in which they at first appeared. A second visit to some of the scenes described-a considerable intercourse with individuals intimately conversant with Germany, its society, its language, and its manners-and the lapse of above two years at a period of life when most men live to unlearn some

PREFACE.

errors, have given him the opportunity of considerably altering and of making some material additions to his work. In the alterations introduced, the Author has, in general, either corrected inaccuracies, or substituted matter which appeared to him of greater interest than that which before occupied its place. Some retrenchments and modifications have also been introduced, from an anxious desire to concede every thing, except truth and conviction, to the feelings of some individuals in Germany for whom the Author must ever entertain sentiments of gratitude and esteem. That any of his former observations should have been misunderstood, or his statements mis, applied, by the eminent and estimable persons to whom he alludes, will ever be a subject of sincere regret to the Author: and, should the present edition fall under their notice, he hopes they will find in it some apology for any unpleasant feelings called forth by the perusal of the former.

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