I will add but one word as to the alterations I have made. They
are principally those of style. I have changed no portion of
the story, nor introduced any new ideas or circumstances. I
have mended the language where it was so bald as to interfere
with the interest of the narrative; and these changes occur
almost exclusively in the beginning of the first volume.
Throughout they are entirely confined to such parts as are mere
adjuncts to the story, leaving the core and substance of it
London, October 15, 1831.