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THENEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

167971 ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1900.

Printed by S. Barnes.

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thosc ciosa miracula with which the literary world is sometimes dazzled and delighted. The specious imposture of Chatterton, and the bold forgery of the author of Littleton's letters, have long furnished themes for the ingenuity of literary discussion but the laiter still remains a subject of wonder. If they were not written by that accomplished and profligate nubleman, who could so nearly imitate the inimitable stamp of genius? whence did the ingenious author derive the indclible 'Tyrian dye which Fancy delights to employ in her magick

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