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Excursion, Book I.
A NEW EDITION,
My dear Mrs. SOUTHEY,
The original Edition of Warleigh was dedicated to your most beloved and lamented husband. Mr. Southey has himself said, when addressing a friend (Sir Robert Harry Inglis), that “if there is anything on which we may be allowed to pride ourselves, it is upon that from whence one of our greatest pleasures is derived—the friendship of the wise and the good.”* How great then must be my satisfaction, and how pardonable, I trust, this allusion to it, when I recollect that I was honoured with the friendship and correspondence of the late Poet Laureate; whose genius I admired, whose virtues I revered, and whose kindness I s largely experienced during a period of so many years.
I venture, therefore, to hope that these considerations will induce
you to accept the dedication of the present Edition of the same work. To whom could I so appropriately inscribe it as to yourself, who, kindred to your lamented husband in spirit and in feeling, have continued towards myself a friendship, similar in kindness and sincerity to his which I so highly prized, and of whose value I am no less sensible. With this assurance,
Allow me to remain,
My dear Mrs. Souther,
ANNA ELIZA BRAY. THE VICARAGE, Tavistock,
September 24th, 1845.
* In the Dedication of the “Moral and Political Essays.”