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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,
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.