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LONDON:
SAUNDERS, OTLEY, AND CO.,
66, BROOK STREET, HANOVER SQUARE.

1862.

[The right of translation is reserved.]

250 h. 13.

LONDON: W. CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET AND CHARING CROSS.

DEDICATION

To the Readers of this, not wholly imaginary, but somewhat hastily written tale, these pages are dedicated ; and if, during their perusal, it should occur to some, that zeal in a good cause may have outrun discretion, the Author can only hope that a thousand faults may be forgiven, in the name of the one virtue to which he has dared to link them.

LONDON,

March 8th, 1862.

“RECOMMENDED TO MERCY.”

CHAPTER I.

* In life's last scene what prodigies surprise ;
Fears of the brave, and follies of the wise !'

DR. JOHNSON.

* For death looks ugly when the view is near.'—CRABBE.

The sun shone from a cloudless summer sky on a darkened window of the Great City.' It was mid-day, and the hum of men was busy in the vast human hive: out on the wing were the toilers for the golden harvest : fluttering abroad were the sippers of summer sweets: but within that darkened chamber lay one whose work of life was nearly finished, and the last sands in whose glass were reduced to a few swiftly dropping grains. Let us look into the room. It is a sumptuous

VOL. I.

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