Excerpt from Recollections of Foreign Travel, on Life, Literature, and Self-Knowledge, Vol. 1 of 2
I no not think a long preface to these letters necessary. Their title will, I trust, be found to announce their contents justly. On every new book the trite question, cui bono? May perhaps be fairly asked. I take for granted, that every literary production ought either to inform the understanding, or delight the imagination, or touch the heart. Or, perhaps, there is an inferior sort of merit, which may be just endured; this is the merit of doing no more than merely refreshing the memory.
I may be permitted here to anticipate to the reader an observation or two, which I have made in my closing letter. I have remarked, that three things would make perfection in the matter of a book; that is.
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