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AUTHOR OF "THE CURIOSITIES OF CLOCKS AND WATCHES FROM THE EARLIEST

TIMES," AND "GIANTS AND DWARFS.”

JUN 24 1938

NEW YORK:

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,

FRANKLIN SQUARE.

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PREFACE.

TT was at one time the custom in Wales for the intendI ed bride and bridegroom to issue bidding-letters, in the form of newspaper advertisements and circulars, inviting all who chose, whether friends or strangers, to come to their marriage, or bidding, as it was called. Each guest was by these letters respectfully asked to contribute something towards the expenses of the wedding ; and it usually happened that the visitors were many, and the gifts numerous.

This Preface may, perhaps, bear an analogy to a bidding-letter. All the preparations for our “Wedding Day” have been with some anxiety completed; the banns have been duly published by Mr. Bentley; and the “best-men,” Dr. Robert Bigsby, John Bullock, Esq., and T. C. Noble, Esq., have rendered their friendly help. It remains only to invite the public, which we now do most cordially. The amount of their individual money contribution is, for the sake of convenience, limited and fixed; but their gifts of good wishes and hearty friendship may be as large as they please. In the words of an old bidding-letter, we can assure them that whatever sympathy they may give “will be now thankfully received, and gratefully returned in the future.”

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