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PREFACE TO FOURTH EDITION.
'HIS edition of THE LITERARY LANDMARKS OF
London, printed in cheaper and more popular form, has been thoroughly revised; a few supplementary Notes have been added by way of Appendix ; and as far as possible it has been brought down to the present time.
LONDON has no associations so interesting as those con
. the Temple owes its greatest charm to the fact that it was the birthplace of Lamb, the home of Fielding, and that it contains Goldsmith's grave. Addison and Steele have hallowed the now unholy precincts of Charter House Square and Covent Garden ; the shade of Chatterton still haunts Shoe Lane; Fleet Street, to this day, echoes with the ponderous tread of Dr. Johnson; and the modest dwelling that was once Will's Coffee House is of far more interest now than all that is left of the royal palaces of Whitehall and St. James.
The Society of Arts, in marking with its tablets certain of the historic houses of London, is deserving of much praise ; but only a few of the many famous old buildings which still exist in the metropolis are thus distinguished, and no definite clew to their position is given, even in the best of guide-books. When the houses themselves have disappeared, the ordinary searcher, in nearly all instances, has the utmost difficulty in finding anything more than a faint indication of their site. To remedy this in some measure is what is designed in the following pages. They are intended simply as a guide to a side of London which has never before received particular attention. The places of literary association in the metropolis and in the suburbs are noted with