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Various causes have concurred to prevent its earlier appearance in print.

In the interval we have had the simultaneous notice of Mr. Ruskin's more recent work in the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews. Those able articles involved much of the personal criticism I have been anxious to avoid; but they have confirmed, so far as they have gone, my own convictions. In other respects they have no way affected what is now submitted to the Reader's candour.

Leny, Clifton Park,
November, 1856.

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