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SOU V ENIR

FOR

MDCCCXLVIII.

EDITED BY WALTER PERCIVAL.

BOSTON: PUBLISHED BY JOHN P. HILL.

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Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1847,

BY JOHN P. HILL, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

ABNER FORBES, Printer,

37 Cornhill.

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PREFACE.

In commending the first volume of a new Annual to the good will of the public, the editor deems it necessary to say but a very few words. The book is composed of articles written by those on whom the world has long ago placed its stamp of approval; and not a line has been allowed on its pages which could possibly offend the most scrupulous delicacy.

It is difficult for an editor to say a good word in behalf of what he brings into the literary market, without seeming to overstep the bounds of true modesty ; but he craves indulgence, for simply saying here, that whoever chooses to examine the contents of “ Friendship’s Gift,” will find no lack of entertainment in the perusal.

W. P.

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