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HARWARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1872, by HURD AND Houghton, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
THE death of Mazzini has awakened an interest in his life amongst many whose impressions concerning it have been indistinct, and often prejudiced. The material for a just conception of the man and his work is not remote or obscure ; for while Mazzini kept the secret of his personal movements, or confided it to a few, the principles that governed his conduct were clear as noon-day, and his writings so voluminous and so iterative of his great purposes that it is a comparatively easy task to reproduce a fair likeness of the man from their contents. Madame Venturi, his friend and faithful adherent, to whom and to whose family (Ashurst) reference is made in the following pages, undertook to collect the political, critical, and literary writings of Mazzini during his life-time, and to secure from him such autobiographical and other notes as should connect the various productions of his pen. Six volumes had been published up to last year, and the series was nominally closed. These volumes have furnished most of the material for this book, the intention having been to leave Mazzini to tell the story of his own life, so far as his notes permitted, and to supplement it with such records as were immediately accessible. Mr. Garrison' kindly consented to furnish an Introduction, and the Publishers put forth the volume with the confidence that it will serve partially to inform the public respecting a man who is destined to fill a larger space in history than is commonly understood.