This book is written about the history and art of letter writing Some special kinds of letter, nineteenth century letters. A character somewhat different from that of a school-anthology, and should attempt to deal with the Art of Letter-writing, and the nature of the Letter, as such. I formed a plan accordingly, by which the letters, and their separate Prefatory Notes, might be as it were illustrations to the Introduction, which was intended in turn to be a guide to them. A few more general remarks, however, on kinds of letter writing as distinguished from personality and accomplishment of letter-writers—may not improperly be added. The most famous letters of the younger Pliny are those which describe his country houses, that which gives account of his uncle's death in the great eruption of Vesuvius, and his correspondence with Trajan.