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by Kettle in the possession of Thomas White Esq. Lichlield.
Edinburgh Published by Mefs? Constable &C
ANNA SEWARD :
WRITTEN BETWEEN THE YEARS 1784 AND 1807.
IN SIX VOLUMES.
The following letter, which was found among Miss SEWARD's papers after her death, will account sufficiently for the present Publication, and renders it unnecessary for the Editor either to enter into any explanation of his motives for undertaking it, or to offer any apology for its appearance.
Posthumous Letter from Anna Seward
to Mr A. Constable.
July 17, 1807. “ In a Will, made and executed since “ I had the pleasure of seeing you in “ April last, I have left you the exclu“ sive copy-right of Twelve Volumes
quarto, half-bound. They contain co
pies of letters, or of parts of letters, “ that, after I had written them, appear"ed to me worth the attention of the
public. Voluminous as is the collec“ tion, it does not include a twelfth part “ of my epistolary writing from the time “ it commences, viz. from the year 1784, “ to the present day.
" I wish you to publish two volumes “ annually ; and by no means to follow “ the late absurd custom of classing let. “ ters to separate correspondents, but " suffer them to succeed each other in " the order of time, as you find them 66 transcribed.
“ When you shall receive this letter “ its Writer will be no more. While she " lives she must wish Mr CONSTABLE all “ manner of good, and that he may enjoy it to a late period of human life.
" ANNA SEWARD.”
It was in this manner that these letters came into the hands of the Editor; and,