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OF AN

ENGLISH OPIUM-EATER,

AND

SUSPIRIA DE PROFUNDIS.

BY

THOMAS DE QUINCEY.

BOSTON:

TICKNOR, REED, AND FIELDS.

MDCCO LIII.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by

TICKNOR, REED, AND FIELDS,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Stereotyped by
HOBART & ROBBINS,

BOSTON.

CONFESSIONS

OF

AN ENGLISH OPIUM-EATER,

BEING AN EXTRACT FROM

THE LIFE OF A SCHOLAR,

FROM THE AUTHOR TO THE READER.

I HERE present you, courteous reader, with the record of a remarkable period of my life; according to my application of it, I trust that it will prove, not merely an interesting record, but, in a considerable degree, useful and instructive. In that hope it is that I have drawn it up; and that must be my apology for breaking through that delicate and honorable reserve, which, for the most part, restrains us from the public exposure of our own errors and infirmities. Nothing, indeed, is more revolting to English feelings, than the spectacle of a human being obtruding on our notice his moral ulcers, or scars, and tearing away that “decent drapery” which time, or indulgence to human frailty, may have drawn over them: accordingly, the greater part of our confessions (that is, spontaneous and extra-judicial confes

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