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1.OXDOX PRINTED BY SCHULZE AXD) Co., 13, POLAND STREET.

AND HER NIECE; ;

OR,

THE OLD MAID AND THE YOUNG ONE.

BY MRS. STONE,

“WILLIAM

AUTHORESS OF "THE ART OF NEEDLEWORK;"

LANGSHAWE, THE COTTON LORD," &c.

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“ Studious of song,
And yet ambitious not to sing in vain,
I would not trifle merely; though the world
Be loudest in their praise, who do no more."

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

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LONDON:

RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET.

PREFACE.

is not without hesitation that the

Authoress ventures a third time before the public. She feels, indeed, highly gratified by the favour with which her first publication, The Art of NeedleWORK (edited by the Countess of Wilton, August, 1840) was received ; though she is aware that much of that favour is attributable to the kindness of the noble lady whose name she was permitted to place on the title-page.

Of her recent publication, WILLIAM LANGSHAWE, THE COTTON LORD, the Au

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thoress ventures to say a few words, because she has been loudly accused of that meanest of all faults, personality. One Committee gentleman peremptorily refuses his vote for its admission into a public library, because, in the person of the cotton-spinning hero, “a friend of his is attacked :another reader professes to recognise distinctly all the characters :" another dwells on the work because the personages are all so familiar :" &c. &c. The Authoress refers to these charges, and others such, for the purpose merely of denying them. The characters of the narrative are, without exception, imaginary. Qui capit— the motto is stale ; but knowing, as she does know, that her representation of Manchester character is true to the life, the writer of “ William Langshaweis not surprised to find, that

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