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BY

THE AUTHOR OF GRANBY.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

La morale est la science des sciences à ne la considérer que
sous le rapport du calcul; et il y a toujours des limites à l'esprit
de ceux qui n'ont pas senti l'harmonie de la nature des choses
avec les devoirs de l'homme.

MADAME DE STAEL.

VOL. I.

PHILADELPHIA:

CAREY, LEA & CAREY -CHESNUT STREET.
SOLD IN NEW YORK, BY G. & C. CARVILL,—IN BOSTON, BY

HILLIARD, GRAY, AND RICHARDSON & LORD.

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HARVARD
UNIVERSITY

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FEB 20 1969

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مها

TO

THOMAS LISTER, ESQ.

OF

ARMITAGE PARK,

Staffordshire. .

To no one can I dedicate the following work with more propriety than to yourself, and to none certainly with greater pleasure. Whatever may be my attachment to literary pursuits, I consider myself as owing it entirely to the kindness and assiduity with which, from my earliest years, you have directed my attention to the cultivation of elegant letters. If I have fallen short of attaining the excellence which your parental partiality might lead you to hope, I must attribute my deficiency to any cause, rather than to the want of your encouragement and assistance. It is an additional source of satisfaction to me in making to you the offering of this little work, that it will afford

some exemplification of filial duties, and convey my own sense, however imperfectly, of the devotedness and respect which are due to the parental character. By no one ought this sentiment to be more sincerely and deeply felt than by myself: convinced as I am, that to those ties of perfect confidence, friendship, and esteem, which your kindness has established between us, I owe the principal happiness of my life. With the truest gratitude and respect, believe me,

Your
very affectionate Son,

THE AUTHOR.

HERBERT LACY.

CHAPTER I.

I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your books.
No; an he were, I would burn my study.

Much Ado about Nothing'.

“ PRAY, Lady Appleby, did not you say that Mr. Lacy was coming here to-day?”

This important question was put to her ladyship one morning about the latter end of July, in the drawing-room at Huntley Park (of which Lord Appleby was the noble owner,) in the presence of a small party, consisting of the lady of Viscount Malvern, son of the Earl of Rodborough, Agnes Morton, her sister, and two Miss Tyrwhitts, daughters of Lord and Lady Appleby.

The querist was Mrs. Poole, an elderly widow of comfortable fortune, brisk, loquacious, and inquisitive; fond of communicating information, and eager in collecting it; a skilful match-maker, an unrivalled genealogist, and, alas! a frequent cause of mischief, though not often a wilful one. She was a good-humoured woman, who had lived much in the world, who was never dull but when alone, and whose society was greatly sought. Mrs. Poole

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