XX11 INTRODUCTION itself to have been, has suffered more or less from the ravages of carelessness or neglect. Within the covers of the Elogi del Porco, by Bistonio, 1761, mentioned above, occurs, in the copy said to have been Lamb's, a small fragment of a note to some one, including the signature of the essayist. It was during a long period a not unfrequent practice on the part of autograph-hunters to cut off the subscription and cast away the rest. The correspondence with the N orris family, printed in The Lambs, 1897, and formerly in the possession of Mrs. Arthur Ineen, one of Norris's daughters, who died in 1891, was an unexpected and welcome accession. It appears from a communication to Notes and Queries, August 26, 1893, tnat the address given by Miss Lamb is identifiable with No. 4, York Cottages, near the Priory Bridge, where, in 1825, Mrs. Gibbs advertized one sitting-room and three bed-rooms to let. Not far off, a Mr. Hogsflesh had a large lodging-house. Could Lamb have heard of him in earlier years ?
INTRODUCTION The Barton Letters, by the generosity of the late Mrs. Edward Fitzgerald (Lucy Barton), are now deposited in the British Museum (Add. MS. 35256). They have been preserved with the most religious care; but the series is unfortunately not quite complete, as the masterly and beautiful letter to Barton of 1822 on William Blake, first printed entire by myself in 1886, appears to have gone astray. The unexpected and fortunate restoration of a parcel of autograph and other MSS. papers to our family in 1898 adds, so far as Lamb is concerned, a letter to Hazlitt, two to Joseph Hume, and one to W. Hazlitt the younger. The EpisUmon of a letter to Hazlitt himself (1810) appears to have been a name borrowed from Rabelais, as the Menenius introduced into the paper " On Persons one would have wished to have seen " is taken from Shakespear's CoriolawtSj ii., i. The courtesy of Messrs. Dodd, Mead, & Co., of New York, has enabled me to supply an