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To my Father,

On whose library-shelves the sight of Plato touching shoulders with John Howe the Puritan preacher, and of the poet Shelley enduring with unwonted tranquillity his two odd companions on either hand, Balzac and the author of the Divine Legation of Moses," while just beyond stood Lucretius, the Thousand and One Nights,and Adam Smith, suggested to me, the boy, the value of the social virtue of tolerance, and, although it impressed at first the special charm of literature, suggested without much ado the larger interest of life.

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