Some of the briefer articles, which contribute to make up the volume
, have likewise been written since my involuntary withdrawal from the toils and honours of public life, and the remainder are gleaned from annuals and magazines, of such antique date, that they have gone round the circle, and come back to novelty again.
A heightened flush of the cheek, a slight irregularity of breath, a quiver of the eyelid, a hardly perceptible tremor through the frame,--such were the details which, as the moments passed, he wrote down in his folio volume
They are at least not part of the polemic which their author sustained in the essays following them in this volume
, and which might have been called, in conformity with 'My Literary Passions', by the title of 'My Literary Opinions' better than by the vague name which they actually wear.
The product of a large store of reading has been here secreted anew for the reader who desires to see, in bird's-eye view, the light and shade of a long and varied period of poetic literature, by way of preparation for Shakespeare,  (with a full essay upon whom the volume
closes,) explaining Shakespeare, so far as he can be explained by literary antecedents.
In an old book I find columns of notes about works projected at this time, nearly all to consist of essays on deeply uninteresting subjects; the lightest was to be a volume
on the older satirists, beginning with Skelton and Tom Nash - the half of that manuscript still lies in a dusty chest - the only story was about Mary Queen of Scots, who was also the subject of many unwritten papers.
The men differ from this view, and declare that I ought to have put back the volume
in blue velvet unopened, carefully guarding myself from any after-temptation to look at it again by locking the cupboard door.
The coloured map appended to my volume
on Coral Reefs, led me to conclude that the great oceans are still mainly areas of subsidence, the great archipelagoes still areas of oscillations of level, and the continents areas of elevation.
contains, in the form of a Journal, a history of our voyage, and a sketch of those observations in Natural History and Geology, which I think will possess some interest for the general reader.
I have written the present volume
because I have found no other that, to my mind, combines satisfactory accomplishment of these ends with a selection of authors sufficiently limited for clearness and with adequate accuracy and fulness of details, biographical and other.
I guess I know who that's for,' said Fergus, who stood looking on while I complacently examined the volume
and in English I have several of the best books, though some of them are a little torn; but I have a great part of Stowe's Chronicle; the sixth volume
of Pope's Homer; the third volume
of the Spectator; the second volume
of Echard's Roman History; the Craftsman; Robinson Crusoe; Thomas a Kempis; and two volumes
of Tom Brown's Works.
He opened the volume
for this year, and tore out, one by one, the pages relating to the time when you and he were together.
Of the five stories in this volume
, "The Lagoon," the last in order, is the earliest in date.
THE main characteristic of this volume
consists in this, that all the stories composing it belong not only to the same period but have been written one after another in the order in which they appear in the book.
Our second post is now overdue, and I shall be surprised if it does not bring us either a further letter of explanation, or, as is more probable, the very volume
to which these figures refer.