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TO THOMAS NOON TALFOURD, Esq.
Serjeant at Law.
DEAR SERJEANT TALFOURD,
I dedicate to you the following Juvenilia (forming part of a series,) scribbled while I was yet a mere College boy, and dear to me therefore as recalling some of the happiest moments of my life. How vividly as I pass over them, do they remind me of the old green trees, and sunny lawns—of silent walks and wanderings by moonlight beneath the grey porticos of Alma Mater—of the dear old books and busts, and summer days and summer thoughts of youth.
I am aware that they contain many faults ; but the flattering manner in which they have been received, makes me think that they contain also some redeeming qualities. For the personal jests and allusions I can only plead in excuse the exuberant fancy of a young man. The greater part was written in sportive fun--without