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SCENES AND SOCIETY
ENGLAND, FRANCE, ITALY
BY DANIEL C. EDDY.
“ 'Tis a great fault in a chronologer
HIGGINS, BRADLEY AND DAYTON,
20 WASHINGTON STREET.
1 8 Ö 9.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852, by
DANIEL C. EDDY,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
STEREOTYPED AT THE
HENRY A. MILES, D. D.,
TWO OTHER FELLOW-TRAVELERS,
This Volume is dedicated,
AS A REMINISCENCE OF OUR PLEASANT TOUR,
AS A TESTIMONIAL OF RESPECT. .
WHEN I returned from Europe, a few months ago,
I had no idea of making a book, or adding to that very questionable department of American literature known as “ works of travel.” The residence of a few months in any country does not give one such a full and perfect idea of the people as will enable him to advance opinions which will be of any considerable value to his readers. And yet he must be a dull scholar if he does not learn something which he can present in a way which will make it interesting and profitable. If he sees and hears independently, and without prejudice, his criticisms will not be entirely worthless. He will at least give an idea of the way in which his own mind was impressed by what he saw and heard ; and though he might not be able to give a perfect view of the real condition of society, he will be able to sketch its outlines, and perhaps enter slightly into its details.
As a man who gazes upon a beautiful cathedral for a short time only will not be able to describe