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THE

NUT-BROWN MAIDS.

THE

NUT-BROWN MAIDS:

OR,

THE FIRST HOSIER AND HIS HOSEN.

A FAMILY CHRONICLE OF THE DAYS OF

QUEEN ELIZABETH.

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LONDON:
JOHN W. PARKER AND SON, WEST STRAND.

MDCCCLIX.

[The Author reserves the right of Translation.]

249. X. 182.

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SAVILL AND EDWARDS, PRINTERS, CUANDOS STREET, .

COVENT GARDEN.

ADVERTISEMENT.

N pleasant remembrance of the great

master who could do justice to Mary Queen of Scots' mighty rival, while Mary's face was, in his own words,

familiar as that of the mistress of his youth or the daughter of his old age,' and Mary's sorrows were most dear to his generous sympathies — another compatriot of the beautiful and unfortunate Stuart Queen does not fear to pay a simple tribute to the story of good Queen Bess, since all that was mortal of the loyal Lee who was wont to celebrate the anniversary of her happy accession, is but dust under his effigy in the parish church of Quarendon, in Bucks,

The author wishes to acknowledge a weighty obligation to Thomas FULLER's History of Cambridge, ROBERT BURTON's Anatomy of Melancholy, CHARLES KNIGHT's Old England, COOKE TAYLOR'S Romantic Biographies in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth,

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