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A mi querido amigo
isi se roman
SOME of the following Letters have been printed in the New Monthly Magazine.
The Author would, indeed, be inclined to
commit the whole collection to the candour of
his readers without a prefatory address, were it not that the plan of his Work absolutely requires some explanation.
The slight mixture of fiction which these Letters contain might raise a doubt whether the sketches of Spanish manners, customs, and opinions, by means of which the Author has endeavoured to pourtray the moral state of his
country at a period immediately preceding, and in part coincident with the French invasion, may not be exaggerated by fancy, and coloured with a view to mere effect.
It is chiefly on this account that the Author deems it necessary to assure the Public of the reality of every circumstance mentioned in his book, except the name of Leucadio Doblado.
These Letters are in fact the faithful memoirs
of a real Spanish clergyman, as far as his character and the events of his life can illus
trate the state of the country which gave him
Doblado's Letters are dated from Spain, and, to preserve consistency, the Author is supposed to have returned thither after a residence of
some years in England. This is another ficti
tious circumstance. Since the moment when
the person disguised under the above name left