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TO

JOSEPH HENRY GREEN, F.R.S.

PROFESSOR OF ANATOMY OF TUE ROYAL ACADEMY,

ETC. ETC.

THE HONOURED FAITHFUL AND BELOVED

FRIEND OF

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE,

These Wolumes

ARE MOST RESPECTFULLY AND AFFECTIONATELY

INSCRIBED.

PREFACE.

The more frequently we read and contemplate the lives of those eminent men so beautifully traced by the amiable Izaak Walton, the more we are impressed with the sweetness and simplicity of the work. Walton was a man of genius—of simple calling and more simple habits, though best known perhaps by his book on Angling; yet in the scarcely less attractive pages of his biographies, like the flowing of the gentle stream on which he sometimes cast his line, to practise “ the all of treachery he ever learnt,” he leads the delighted reader imperceptibly on, charmed with the natural beauty of his sentiments, and the unaffected ease and simplicity of his style. In his preface to the

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