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LETTERS AND PAPERS

BY THE LATE

THEODOSIA A. VISCOUNTESS POWERSCOURT.

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EDITED BY

THE REV. ROBERT DALY, A.M.

Rector of Powerscourt, in the Diocese of Dublin.

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LONDON

HATCHARD AND SON, PICCADILLY.

WILLIAM CURRY, JUN. AND CO. DUBLIN.

MDCCCXXXVIII.

239621

Dublin : Printed by JOAN S. Folds,5, Bachelor's. Walk.

PREFACE.

In offering the foļlowing Volume to the public, it is, perhaps, necessary that I should prefix a few words, to state what the reader is to expect, and what he is not to expect, in these Letters and Papers. He is not to expect anything in the character of religious gossip; any anecdotes of, or remarks concerning, living persons, with whom the writer had intercourse. Those who had the privilege of receiving Letters from the late Lady Powerscourt, know well that she delighted to dwell on much higher subjects than the actions, or opinions, of her fellow-men. If every thing she ever wrote was submitted to the public eye, it would be, per

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haps, a subject of surprise to some, how very little was said about other persons in her extended correspondence. But, in the following selections, I have studiously omitted every thing in the least degree personal. Those, therefore, that shall take up this Volume with the hope of reading Lady Powerscourt's opinions of this person or that person-of this or the other movement, in or out of the Church, will be disappointed. I trust that these pages will furnish no food that would gratify such appetites. Had the correspondence, from which it has been my part to make selections, afforded such materials, I should never have been the instrument of making them public. But that eminent disciple of our blessed Lord, whose Letters are now printed, with a hope and prayer that they may tend to the edification of the Church, lived in a higher atmosphere; inhaled herself, and breathed forth, a purer air. She, of all the Christians I have been privileged to know, came nearest to that which she has, in

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