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A COMPLETE history of the subject which occupies these pages
would fill an equal number of the ponderous folios over which our ancestors were accustomed to pore. The author of “ Sketches of Imposture, Deception, and Credulity," aspires only to give, under various heads, a sample of the manifold frauds which have, in all ages, been successfully employed to frighten and gull mankind. His volume may be considered as a humble supplement to Sir Walter Scott's “ Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft,” and Sir David Brewster's “ Letters on Natural Magic.” If it should be found to afford to the Public only a quarter as much amusement and instruction as have been derived from those excellent works, his ambition will be amply gratified.