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WO or three years ago, I had several
conversations with the publisher of the present edition of Herrick's works on the subject of a new and improved
issue of the Hesperides and other Poems. The publisher has had it indeed in his thoughts for a very long time to reprint the book; but his plan, unluckily, did not extend beyond a mere verbatim copy of the two volumes, which appeared under the auspices of the late Mr. Singer in 1846." I believe that he subsequently, on the representations of myself and others, was induced to enlarge his scheme to the extent of including in an Appendix the few pieces found in the Ashmolean and Rawlinson MSS. But much more was capable of being done for Herrick; and it appeared to me, that it was emphatically desirable that no new dition of the poet should be allowed to
without such additions and corrections as I and others felt to be necessary and feasible.
Thus stood the question, when it came to my knowledge, that the "Hesperides" and "Noble Numbers" were printed off, and that the volume was expected to be out very shortly. Under these circumstances and at this stage it was that I presumed, in the absence of any one else, to interpose, and I
1 Mr. Singer's “ Biographical Notice" is little more than a lame paraphrase of that attached to the edition of 1823.