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THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, LL.D., F.R.S.
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A PREFATORY LETTER.
MY DEAR TYNDALL,
I should have liked to provide this collection of "Lay Sermons, Addresses, and Reviews,” with a Dedication and a Preface. In the former, I should have asked you to allow me to associate your name with the book, chiefly on the ground that the oldest of the papers in it is a good deal younger than our friendship. In the latter, I intended to comment upon certain criticisms with which some of these Essays have been met.
But, on turning the matter over in my mind, I began to fear that a formal dedication at the beginning of such a volume would look like a grand lodge in front of a set of cottages ; while a complete defence of any of my old papers would simply amount to writing a new one-a labour for which I am, at present, by no means fit.
The book must go forth, therefore, without any better substitute for either Dedication, or Preface, than this letter; before concluding which it is necessary for me to notify you, and any other reader, of two or three matters.