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JAMES HENRY LEIGH HIST
Born at Southgate, Oct 19, 1784.
Died at Putney, Aug. 28, 1859.
mients to Leiyh Hunt's London Journal. To Axxist the Inquiring,
of the respective pages would allow. Of the original illustrations the publishers have reproduced all those
which really illustrate the text and are not merely of an ornamental
character. An Index of Persons and Places has been added to the book for the first time in the present edition,
A. R. W.
The portrait of Leigh Hunt which forms the frontispiece to this
volume is from an engraving after a drawing by J. Hayter.
[TO THE FIRST EDITION]
In the two volumes 1 now offered to the Public under the title of “The Town,” the reader will find an account of London, partly topographical and historical, but chiefly recalling the memories of remarkable characters and events associated with its streets, between St. Paul's and St. James's; being that part of the great highway of London which may be said to have constituted “THE Town" when that term was commonly used to designate the metropolis.
The principal portion of these volumes appeared thirteen years ago in the “Monthly Supplements to Leigh Hunt's London Journal,” under the title of “The Streets of London”; and these papers were accounted, by all who read them,-a comparative few,--to be among the pleasantest and most interesting of the Author's writings. It was observed by one reader, that “ Leigh Hunt has illumined the fog and smoke of London with a halo of glory, and peopled the streets and buildings with the life of past generations”; and by another, that he “should never grow tired of such reading."
In collecting and publishing these papers in a suitable form, and illustrating them with cuts, the Publishers trust that the volumes will be acceptable, not only to the
1 [The first edition was in two volumes.]