Excerpt from Midnight Scenes in the Slums of New York, or Lights and Shadows
E N sending out this Book, we owe an explana tion or apology, and as a Preface is for that purpose, we embrace this opportunity of stating that many of the Sketches have appeared in the Midland Sunbeam, and New York Family Story Paper, but at the request of hundreds of friends, we reproduce them in book form, having revised and dressed them up in their Sunday clothing, though it will be seen at a glance that the Author has wasted no midnight oil over the construction of nicely-rounded sentences, or stately periods, and we hereby give notice to the mere critic to spare himself the trouble of reading our unpretending volume.
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