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Dr. John Brown's
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HORÆ SUBSECIVÆ.Third Series
Sir E, Landseer's Picture, There's
im in the Old Dog yet,' etc.
~ The Duke of Athole.
Dick Mihi, or Cur, why?
E. V. K. to his Friend in Town.
Sir Henry Raeburn.
Something about a Well. se
BA B Y E. T. M'LAREN.
. A. & C. BLACK, SOHO SQUARE, LONDON, W.
It has been the occasional occupation of the Author of Waverley for several years past to revise and correct the voluminous series of novels which pass under that name, in order that, if they should ever appear as his avowed productions, he might render them in some degree deserving of a comtinuance of the public favour with which they have been honoured ever since their first appearance. For a long period, however, it seemed likely that the improved and illustrated edition which he meditated would be a posthumous publication. But the course of the events which occasioned the disclosure of the author's name having in a great measure restored to him a sort of parental control over these works, he is naturally induced to give them to the press in a corrected, and, he hopes, an improved form, while life and lth permit the task of revising and illustrating them. Such being his purpose, it is necessary to say a few words on the plan of the proposed edition.
In stating it to be revised and corrected, it is not to be inferred that any attempt is made to alter the tenor of the stories, the character of the actors, on the spirit of the dialogue. There is no doubt ample room for emendation in all these points— but where the tree falls it must lie. Any attempt to obviate criticism, however just, by altering a owork already in the ''' the public, is generally aunsuccessful. In the most improbable fiction the Teader still desires some air of vraisemblance, and does not relish that the incidents of a tale familiar to him should be altered to suit the taste of critics, or the caprice of the author himself. This process of feeling is so natural that it may be observed even in children, who cannot endure that a nursery story should be repeated to them differently from the manner in which it was first told.
But without altering in the slightest degree either the story or the mode of telling it, the Author has taken this opportunity to correct errors of the press and slips of the pen. That such should exist cannot be wondered at, when it is considered that the publishers found it their interest to hurry
through the press a succession of the early editions
ABBOTSFORD, January 1829.