VI DEDICATION. little bark, a sentiment of respect, gratitude, and at- tachment goes along with it. In perpetuating these feelings, a fishing-boat may become a pleasure-boat to its proprietor. In this spirit I prefix your Grace's name to this Work, the first I launch of its kind ; and whether it be fated to live at sea, or to rot on shore, it will bear witness that I have the honour to be, My Lord Duke, Your Grace's Much obliged and devoted Servant, Lake House, Wanstead, October 20th, 1834. THOMAS HOOD.
PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION. IT is now above six years since the present work was first issued a lapse of time often sufficient to make a novelty of a modern novel. Indeed, during the interval *' Tylney Hall" has been as much retired from the stage as Mr. Charles Kemble, although destined, like that gentleman, to make an unexpected re-appearance. A large impression having been sold in the first instance, and the work being in the hands of publishers (Messrs. Baily & Co. of Cornhill) remarkable for seldom or never bringing out second editions, the book appeared to have already fulfilled its destiny, when Mr. Bentley enlisted it, and gave it a place amongst his " Standard Novels." " Tylney Hall" was the first attempt of the Author in what some military writer has called the "three-volley line," from the number of tomes assigned to such performances. There was no popular predecessor, there- fore, to bespeak for it a public welcome ; but in the absence of any particular expectations elsewhere, a certain degree of local interest was excited in favour of the book in the county of Essex, an interest curiously illustrative of the common relish for a condiment which is often looked for, and is sometimes found A 4