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HOMES OF THE NEW WORLD;
IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA.
TRANSLATED BY MARY HOWITT.
“ SING UNTO THE LORD A NEW SONG."-Psalm xcvi.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,
329 & 331 PEARL STREET,
TO THE READER.
The only excuse for troubling thee with so long a correspondence is, that if it had not been published in this manner, it would not have been published at all. And my excuse for publishing it at all is, that, for many reasons, I would not abstain from doing so.
In placing these letters in thy hand, dear reader, I should wish that thy mind might be favorably disposed toward them, or, at least, might not be in opposition to the spirit in which these letters were first written. They need it more than any thing which I have yet written, because, I can not conceal it from myself, they suffer from-egotism- the offense of all autobiography. This, while it may not offend the sympathetic feelings of a brother or sister, may easily offend the stranger who does not partalzo in them. Much, therefore, in the letters whir' to myself, and which was personally agreeable been omitted in their transcription for the pr all, otherwise the ingenuous character of the ) have been sacrificed, together with the pecul of my life and its circumstances in America mains of that which individually pleased or
- perhaps more than should have remained. scribing these letters, I have often been uno to myself that I was then preparing them ' and not writing them merely to my siste most," to whom even the innermost mig)