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AL

CONTE UGO BALZANI

IN MEMORIA DEL PROFONDO AFFETTO DI
MIO PADRE PER LUI
E DEL SUO LUNGO AMORE

ALL' ITALIA

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THIs little sketch of my father's life has been attempted at the wish, not only of many personal friends, but also of some who have only known him through the ‘Golden Treasury' or his hymns. It has been greatly aided by his own journals, which are quoted at some length, for in them he speaks for himself, expressing many thoughts and opinions which could not otherwise have been so plainly given. Moreover, they especially help to fill the gap resulting from the comparative scarcity of his own letters. This scarcity is partly due, unhappily, to the fact that very many of my father's contemporaries have died during the last ten years, the letters in these cases having been usually destroyed. The sole correspondence which had been preserved in any sense of completeness was between him and Mr. Gladstone—generally on purely literary subjects—but the letters from Mr. Gladstone have had to be inevitably omitted, in deference to the wishes of his trustees. Then, again, my father, when looking over a large portion of the late Lord Tennyson's correspondence, burned the majority of

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