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[69] drinking song,1 which exhibits something of his later knack at such renderings. There was at any rate some distinct maturity in the first number of ‘Outre-Mer,’ which appeared in 1835. A notice of this book in the London ‘Spectator’ closed with this expression of judgment: ‘Either the author of the Sketch book has received a warning, or there are two Richmonds in the field.’

Literary history hardly affords a better instance of the direct following of a model by a younger author than one can inspect by laying side by side a page of the first number of ‘Outre-Mer’ and a page of the ‘Sketch Book,’ taking in each case the first American editions. Irving's books were printed by C. S. Van Winkle, New York, and Longfellow's by J. Griffin, Brunswick, Maine; the latter bearing the imprint of Hilliard, Gray & Co., Boston, and the former of the printer only. Yet the physical appearance of the two sets of books is almost identical; the typography, distribution into chapters, the interleaved titles of these chapters, and the prefix to each chapter of a little motto, often in a foreign language. It must be remembered that the ‘Sketch Book,’ like ‘Outre-Mer,’ was originally published in numbers; and besides all this the literary style of Longfellow's work was at this

1 New England Magazine, II. 188.

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