These Essays, which appeared, with two exceptions, in The Cornhill Magazine, 1904, have been revised, and
some alterations, corrections, and additions have been made in them. 'Queen Oglethorpe,' in which Miss Alice
Shield collaborated, doing most of the research, is reprinted by the courteous permission of the editor, from
Blackwood's Magazine. A note on 'The End of Jeanne de la Motte,' has been added as a sequel to 'The
Cardinal's Necklace:' it appeared in The Morning Post, the Editor kindly granting leave to republish.
The author wishes to acknowledge the able assistance of Miss E.M.