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MARYARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

GIFT OF
ENILY M. HUSSEY
DECEMBER 12, 1025

Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1835, by John Frost, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

John Frost,

J. Crissy & G. Goodman, Printers

PREFACE.

In the course of my desultory reading, I have occasionally copied and laid aside such stories, fables, pieces of poetry, maxims and practical rules, as I thought might be useful for young *persons, until they have fairly filled up a Port Folio. Many of them are illustrated by pictures, which I either collected or drew in my leisure moments, and the whole was intended especially for my nephew, Frank Hearty. When I went to live at Applehill, where my sister Hearty, Frank's mother, lives, I gave the Port Folio, pictures, stories and all, to Frank; and he, after reading them, insisted upon having them published, so that he could give copies to his play

mates.

Of course the thing had to be revised before going to press, and a great deal of money was laid out in getting the pictures engraved. Frank and myself have had a world of trouble too, in looking over the proof sheets.

However, we have made out the end of it at last; and here it is. I hope the readers will find its contents palatable and satisfactory; answering to the eulogium on the title page of the Old Farmer's Almanac, which declares that the said Almanac contains a great variety of NEW, USEFUL

AND ENTERTAINING MATTER.

ROBERT RAMBLE.

Applehill, Aug. 24th, 1835.

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