Guide to St. Helena

Joseph Lockwood

Excerpt from Guide to St. Helena: Descriptive and Historical, With a Visit to Longwood, and Napoleon's Tomb

I think it necessary to explain by way of preface, how it happens that the book should not run on exactly in continuous or consecutive order.

That part of it which I have boldly taken upon myself to call Historical, was written as an introduction to the St. Helena Calendar for the present year, but, after being printed, was not considered suitable to the decorous gravity, and formal profundity of that learned and elaborate production.

Some one conceived the idea of publishing it separately, which, in the plenitude of my amour propre, I most graciously approved of, and so sat myself down to write an Introduction to usher it into the world (of St Helena) in a decent and becoming condition.

By some strange hocus-pocus of author-craft, however, it grew to longer dimensions than the book it was intended to introduce; hence the necessity of this introduction to an introduction!

This, it is hoped, will account in some measure for its want of sequence and direct connection, which is all I intend saying on that part of the business.

With respect to errors, slips of the pen, and other grave matters of the kind, it is considered necessary to inform all my truly benevolent readers, that I have no intention of bothering them with the apparition of an errata, for several reasons.

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