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LIFE AND LETTERS OF JAMES HINTON.

Edited by ELLICE HOPKINS, with an Introduction by Sir W. W. Gull,
Bart., and Portrait engraved on Steel by C. H. JEENS. Fourth Edition.
Crown 8vo. Cloth, 88. 6d.

LAW-BREAKER.

THE MYSTERY OF PAIN. New Edition. Fcp. 8vo.

Cloth limp, 1s.

OTHERS' NEEDS. Sewed, 2d.

LONDON : KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH & Co.

SELECTIONS FROM THE MANUSCRIPTS

OF THE LATE

JAMES HINTON

EDITED BY

CAROLINE HADDON

SECOND EDITION

LONDON

KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH & CO., 1, PATERNOSTER SQUARE

1884

(The rights of translation and of reproduction

are

reserved.)

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EDITOR'S PREFACE.

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THE anomalous literary form of this book requires a few words of explanation. Its contents can be classified neither under the head of Sermons, Essays, Diary, nor Table Talk, although they partake by turns of the nature of all these.

The readers of James Hinton's Life and Letters will remember that from the time he began his career as a philosophical thinker he was accustomed to write down every day the ideas that presented themselves to him. Wherever he might bemin the street, in society, at a $concert, in church—he would jot down memoranda of the thoughts that struck him, and these he would write out clearly in the evening. This habit was first begun as a necessity of his mental life; he could not, he said, push on to new discoveries unless he thus disencumbered his mind of its burden. Afterwards he pursued the practice with a more distinct conviction of the usefulness of such a record of the process of the intellectual life as was thus afforded. Owing to the peculiar nature of his thinking, no mind could furnish a more admirable field for such observations. For the more the mental operations re

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