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of feeling that I introduce to them a work which combines with whatever merit one of my own might have had a temper more deliberate than impatience of detail has often made mine.
NEW CASTLE, N. H., 25 July, 1899.
BESIDES my large obligations to Professor Wen.
dell — and his generously phrased prefatory note hardly indicates how large they are — I must acknowledge others almost as large to another colleague, Professor James, through his “ Principles of Psychology ;” to that and other works of his I owe whatever is sound in the psychology of this Introduction. And besides the innumerable unconscious obligations which any active teacher owes to the many text-books on his subject, I must make special mention of the aid I have had from the introduction to the “ Specimens of Exposition” by Professor Lamont of Brown University. I wish also to express my thanks to Miss Jewett, to Mr. Choate, to Mr. La Farge, to Mr. Henry James, to Professor James, and to Professor Gates for their personal permission to use the passages from their writings which appear herewith. And I am under especial obligations to the publishers of these and of the other copyrighted works from which I have borrowed for their kindness in allowing me to print these selections.
Finally I must point out that my Introduction pre-supposes a knowledge of Professor Wendell's “ English Composition.” The study of that book should come before this study of the wider and less definite problems involved in these larger forms of composition.
GARDINER, MAINE, July 27, 1899.