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The work was addressed to a female friend (now no more), who was a distinguished ornament of her sex, and whose superior intellect and refined taste required that the work should be free from every thing superficial in matter or negligent in style ; and it was deemed by the writer no ordinary privilege that, in the composition of the work, an image at once so exalted and so pure was continually present to his mental vision.

YALE COLLEGE, January, 1853.

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