TO GEORGE EDWARD WOODBERRY PREFACE. Xi made by PM in the pramtation copy of his 1829 to bis cousin Elizabeth Herring have been carefully examined, and also appear here for the first time. In the textual note I have aimed to present an exhaustive uariorum edition, while the Bibliography is, I believe, the latest and most complete yet published, With this new and authoritative text of Pws poem, there is presented in the Mamoir a am, and I hope, faithful of the poet, It is the fruit of researches extending over a period of thirty years which began in Baltimore, Maryland, when I was associated with the late Edward Spencer, who edited the PmSndgrass letters. The hding of the F. W, Thornas Recoiie6fim of E. A. Put was a mmt fortunate discovery. With the other important facts connected with Pms history which have been obtained, they have made it possible to present a comprehensive story of the pets meer with much new light upon certain disputed points, first edition of this voume, further new Bw discoveries have been made. The most important are five additional poems. There have also been found hiherto unknown manuscript versions of three of Pms poems alsoan introduction to the pwm For Annie.