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A NOVEL.

BY THE

AUTHOR OF "BRAMBLETYE HOUSE," &c.

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LONDON: PRINTED BY S. AND R. BENTLEY,

Dorset Street, Fleet Street.

THE NEW FOREST.

CHAPTER I.

Are not these woods

More free from peril than the envious Court?
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.

SHAKSPEARE.

ON the southern verge of the New Forest in Hampshire, and at no great distance from the sea, stands a large and populous village, to which, for special reasons of our own, we shall assign the fictitious appellation of Thaxted. Its situation and appearance were much more picturesque than might have been expected from its vicinity to the sea, an element which, in our

VOL. I.

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