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It is believed that they present, in a condensed
and convenient form, much valuable information, useful alike for reference
and instruction. Aside from historical or mechanical facts, there is much
of romantic interest attaching to the progress of this department of art.
The partiality of friends interested in the topics herein presented, rather
than his own opinion of their value, has induced the writer to present the
articles in more permanent form.
BOSTON, March 17, 1854.
The above was the Preface to a small pamphlet
in 8vo., of the "Reminiscences of Glass-making," printed for private
circulation in 1854, and now enlarged into a more permanent form, and
brought down to the present year, in order to meet the demand for
information which has unexpectedly sprung up from those interested in
the manufacture of Glass in America.
BOSTON, January, 1865.