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DEDICATION.

TO

JOHN WESTLAND MARSTON, ESQ., LL.D.,

Author of the “Patrician's Daughter,” “ A Lady in Her Own Right,” &c.

DEAR WESTLAND MARSTON,

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To whom can I more appropriately dedicate these Undertones than to the man whose friendship has been a comfort to me during four years of the bitterest struggle and disappointment, and whose voice has whispered “courage' when I seemed faltering down the easy descent to Acheron? The world knows least of your noble soul. High-minded, gracious-hearted, possessed of the true instinct of an artist, you have laid me under a debt of affection which I can never repay; yet take the Book, as a token that I love and honour

you.

Ever yours,

ROBERT BUCHANAN.

LONDON, November 1st, 1863.

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PREFACE.

It is difficult for the uninitiated to understand or

sympathise with the difficulties which have attended

the composition of these Undertones; yet the class of mind to whom the book appeals will comprehend the statement that the author has been compelled, at too early an age, to get his bread by letters. Faults may

be found with certain liberties taken with old theories,

certain tentative interpretations of ambiguous myths ; but no fault should be found with the author's assertion that the mere completion of his ambitious design -no matter how faulty the workmanship may be

is, under the circumstances, a triumph in itself and

an earnest of better things.

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