While reading lately the preface to a work by a
highly esteemed and popular author of my own country, I lighted upon the
following passage: "He who dedicates, more than expresses his gratitude.
By his choice of a patron, he intimates also, as if by specimen, the
class which he would fain select as his readers; or, as I should perhaps
rather express myself, he specifies the peculiar cast of intellect and
range of acquirement from which he anticipates the justest appreciation
of his labours, and the deepest interest in the subject of them."
I need say nothing more. This little Work is
dedicated to the "Ministers' Daughters" of Scotland, by their
A Minister's Daughter.