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TO

SHARON TURNER, ESQ.,

F.S.A. R.A.S.L.,

THIS VOLUME

IS

HUMBLY DEDICATED,

IN SINCERE RESPECT,

BY

THE AUTHOR.

ADVERTISEMENT.

Many of these pages treat upon subjects with which I have so long been familiar, that I feel but little delicacy in offering them to the public. They will find their portion of readers, receive their share of censure and praise—then be laid aside and forgotten, like many a better work. Some of the papers, I have no doubt, will just awaken sufficient interest to keep them afloat during their short" day-especially such as treat upon every-day life, and those domestic scenes which have fallen under my own eye, and which must, therefore, have the merit of being original. Many literary men, whose opinions I set great store by, have often expressed a wish that I should sketch such subjects as have come under my own experience; and in five or six of these papers I have attempted the task ; and on their reception depends the working out of my plan. If they

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