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A ROMANCE OF DESTINY.

BY

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES,

AUTHOR OF THE AUTOCRAT OF THE BREAKFAST TABLE,"

ETC. ETC.

250.c.41.

Cambridge:

MACMILLAN AND CO.

AND 23, HENRIETTA STREET, COVENT GARDEN,

London.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY R. CLAY, SON, AND TAYLOR, BREAD STREET HILL.

BODLE

TO THE

SCHOOLMISTRESS,

WHO HAS FURNISHED SOME OUTLINES

MADE USE OF IN THESE PAGES AND ELSEWHERE

This Story is Dedicated

BY HER OLDEST SCHOLAR.

PREFACE.

THIS tale was published in successive parts in the "Atlantic Monthly," under the name of "The Professor's Story," the first number having appeared in the third week of December, 1859. The kind reception of two previous volumes in England has induced the Author to comply with the request of Messrs. Macmillan and Company to place early sheets in their hands for publication.

In calling this narrative a "romance," the Author wishes to make sure of being indulged in the common privileges of the poetic license. Through all the disguise of fiction a grave scientific doctrine may be detected lying beneath some of the delineations of character. He has used this doctrine as a part of the machinery of his story without pledging his absolute belief in it to the extent to which it is asserted or implied. It was adopted as a convenient medium of truth rather than as an

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