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Hutchinson's Popular Classics

THE TOWN

BY LEIGH HUNT

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JAMES HENRY LEIGH HIST

Born at Southgate, Oct 19, 1784.

Died at Putney, Aug. 28, 1859.
The articles which form this volume first appeared in monthly supple-

mients to Leiyh Hunt's London Journal. To Axxist the Inquiring,
Animate the Struggling and Sympathise with All, a folio journal
that ran from April 2, 1831, to December 26, 1835. They were
collected (with additional matter) in two crown Sro volumes in
1848, entitled The Tourn; its Memorable Characters and Erent&.
By Leigh Hunt. Sl Paul's to St. James's, and published by Snith,
Elder, and Co., 65, Cornhill, London. The proofs of the present
reprint have been read with a copy of that edition, and the original
headlines have been followed as closely as the difference in the sizes

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.

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The portrait of Leigh Hunt which forms the frontispiece to this

volume is from an engraving after a drawing by J. Hayter.

ADVERTISEMENT

[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.]

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