By Andrew Lang
These Essays, which appeared, with two exceptions, in
The Cornhill Magazine, 1904, have been revised, and some alterations,
corrections, and additions have been made in them. 'Queen Oglethorpe,' in which
Miss Alice Shield collaborated, doing most of the research, is reprinted by the
courteous permission of the editor, from Blackwood's Magazine. A note on
'The End of Jeanne de la Motte,' has been added as a sequel to 'The Cardinal's
Necklace:' it appeared in The Morning Post, the Editor kindly granting
leave to republish.
The author wishes to acknowledge the able assistance of
Miss E.M. Thompson, who made researches for him in the British Museum and at the
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