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“I now regret that I did not throw upon paper the things that occurred every day. I have often regretted the omission. I would advise you to keep a journal of that kind. It will cost very little trouble, and will have the freshness of being ready gathered—not faded by forgetfulness, or cold and laboured recollection. Even while I have been scribbling this, many incidents that glowed with life at the moment, have so lost their life, that, though I rolled them, they threw up nothing but water, and would be rotten before they could reach you, so I ceased all attempt to revive them.”
CURRAN'S LETTER FROM PARIS, 1814.
CHARLES BOWYER ADDERLEY Esq., M. P.,
“AN ESSAY ON HUMAN HAPPINESS,"
THIS LITTLE WORK
IS INSCRIBED, AS A SMALL TRIBUTE OF RESPECT AND ESTEEM
FOR THE NORTHERN DIVISION OF THE COUNTY OF STAFFORD,
BY HIS FAITHFUL AND OBEDIENT SERVANT
1st May, 1850.
The compiler of this Parisian Journal has been so frequently requested to publish it, that he no longer hesitates to do so. He uses the word compiler, because, independently of passages in prose and verse, that have become so familiar as almost to have passed into proverbs, he is indebted, for a considerable portion of its contents, to the Quarterly Review, the Times, Okey's French and English Law, Peter Parley's Peep at Paris, and, above all, to that prince of guide books, Galignani's Paris. With this frank avowal, he commits the compilation, &c., to the kindness, courtesy, and charity of the reader.