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LONDON:
BRUCE AND WYLD, 84, FARRINGDON STREET,

AND SOLD BY ALL BOOKSELLERS.

1844.

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THE LINWOODS.

CHAPTER I.
PREFACE.

Un notable exemplo de la forcenés curiosité de The title of these volumes will render their notre nature, s'amusant se préoccuper des choses readers liable to a disappointment, from which a futuros, comme si elle n'avoit pas assez à faire à few prefatory words may save them. It was désirer les présentes.

Montaigne. chosen simply to mark the period of the story, and that period was selected as one to which an Some two or three years before our revolutionary American always gratefully recars, and as affording war, just at the close of day, two girls were seen a picturesque light for domestic features. The entering Broadway through a wicket garden-gate, writer has aimed to exhibit the feeling of the in the rear of a stately mansion which fronted on times, and to give her younger readers a true, il a Broad-street, that being then the court-end of the alight, impression of the condition of their country city—the residence of anquestioned aristocracyat the most-the only suffering period of its ex. (sic transit gloria mundi!) whence royal favour and istence, and by means of this impression, to European fashions were diffused through the prodeepen their gratitude to their patriot-fathers; a

vince of New York. sentiment that will tend to increase their fidelity to

The oldest of the two girls had entered upon her the free institations transmitted to them. Historic teens. She was robust and tall for her years, with events and war details have been avoided, the

the complexion of a Hebe, very dark hair, an oyo writer happily being aware that no effort at (albeit belonging to one of the weaker sex) that looked

as if sho were born to empire-it might be over A swashing and a martial outside hearts and eyes

and the step of a young Juno.

The younger could be likened neither to goddess, would conceal the weak and unskilled woman. queon, nor any thing that assumed or loved command.

A very few of our“ immortal names" have been She was of earth's gentlost and finest mould- framed introduced, with what propriety the reader must

for all tender humanities, with the destiny of woman determine. It may be permitted to say, in ex

written on her meek brow. "Thon art born to love, tenuation of what may seem presumption, that

to suffer, to obey -to minister, aud not to be minis. whenever the writer has mentioned Washington,

tered to."

" Well did she fulfil her mission! The she has felt a sentiment resembling the awe of girls were followed by a black servant in livery. the pious Israelite when he approached the ark of

The elder pressed forward as if impelled by some the Lord.

powerful motive, while her companion lagged beFor the rest, the author of these volumes is most hind,-sometimes chasing a young bird, then smellhappy in trusting to the indulgent disposition ing the roses that peeped through the garden paling ; which our American public constantly manifest

now stopping to pat a good-natured mastiff, or caress towards native literature.

a chubby child. Many a one attracted her with its broad shining face and linsoy-woolsey short gown and petticoat, seated with the family group on the

freshly-scoured steps of the Dutch habitations that • It has been soggested, that the title might be occurred at intervals on their way, "Come, do deemed ambitious ; that it might indicate an expec. come along, Bessie, you are stopping for every thing," tation, that this " sixty years since in America" said her companion, impatiently. Puor Bessie, with would take place with the sixty years since' of the the keenest sensibility, had, what rarely accompanies sroat Master. I have not yet forgotten the literature it, a general susceptibility to external impressions, of my childhood-the fate of the ambitious frog. To those who know me, I need not plead “not

one might have fancied she had an extra set of

When the girls had nearly reached St. guilty" to a charge of such insano vanity; and Paul's church, their attendant remopstrated, “Miss those who do not, will believo me when I say, that Isabella,

you are gotting quite out to the fields the only moment when I could wish the benefactor of the universal reading public to be forgotten, is way."

missis said you were only going a turn up the Broad. when my humble productions are upder perusal. It So I am, Jape."

nerves.

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