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There is no virtue more amiable in the softer sex, than that
mild and quiescent spirit of Devotion, which, without en-
tangling itself in the dogmas of Religion, is melted by its
charities and exhilarated by its hopes.

CowfER.
To be good and disagreeable, is high treason against virtue.

ELIZABETH SMITH.

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VOL. I.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR T, CADELL AND W. DAVIES,

IN THE STRAND ;

AND W. BLACKWOOD, EDINBURGH.

Printed by Strahan and Spottiswoode,

Printers-Street, London.

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PREFACE

All is said,” says La Bruyere, “ and we come too late ; since it is more than five thousand years that men have reflected."

In the age when this complaint was made, the path of literature was comparatively unbeaten; many beautiful and unfrequented spots remained to reward the diligent traveller; many portions of terra incognita' might still be found rich in golden fruit.

But, though more than a hundred and fifty years have elapsed, since this discouraging sentence was pronounced; it has neither fettered the pen of the author, nor restricted the expectations of the reader ;

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