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LIFE IN WEST LONDON

A STUDY AND A CONTRAST

BY
ARTHUR SHERWELL

SECOND EDITION REVISED

(WITH A SUPPLEMENTARY CHAPTER)

METHUEN & CO.
36 ESSEX STREET, W.C.
LONDON
1897


 

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

THAT a second edition of this volume should so quickly be called for may not unreasonably, perhaps, be regarded as a sign of the times. In preparing it, at somewhat short notice, for the press, I have not felt it necessary to make any important changes except in one particular, concerning which it may be well to add a word of explanation. From several communications which have reached me since the book first made its appearance it is evident that I have succeeded in suggesting to many of my readers an impression of hopelessness which I am very far from feeling, and which, certainly, I had no wish to convey. That I have confined myself, for the most part, to an entirely dispassionate investigation of actually existing facts, and have deliberately refrained from suggesting anything in the nature of new philanthropic schemes, may, perhaps, account for this; but in any case the impression of hopelessness has been so general among my readers [-x-] that I have judged it well to add to the present edition a supplementary chapter (Part III, Ch. VII) in which I have stated my actual convictions on the question of possible reforms. With this exception, however, which I hope may do something to destroy the impression referred to, the present volume is practically identical with the earlier edition.

ARTHUR SHERWELL.

February 1897.