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BY LUCY BARTON.
WITH INTRODUCTORY VERSES BY BERNARD BARTON.
Delightful Volume! from whose treasur'd hoard
Each grace and beauty FICTION could afford,
PUBLISHED BY JOHN SOUTER,
LONDON SCHOOL LIBRARY,
73, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD.
*** A Fine Edition, with beautiful Frontispiece, is also published,
MY DEAR FATHER,
UNDER THE SANCTION OF WHOSE JUDGMENT
THIS LITTLE VOLUME
IS COMMITTED TO THE PRESS;
IT IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED,
THE following Preliminary Verses, and their Postcript, were written by me in compliance with a wish, expressed by the author of this little volume, that it should be introduced to the public by her father. It appeared to me that no form of introduction could be more strictly in accordance with those feelings of delicacy and propriety imposed by my own near connection with that author, than one which allowed of my touching on the topics. contained in her volume, without any allusion to her part in it; and, with this view, I confined myself to a brief poetical enumeration of some of the more prominent scenes and subjects discussed in the Letters.
Their publisher, however, being of opinion that a short Prefatory Address, in prose, should occupy its customary place, I avail myself of it to state, as briefly as I well can, the plan and object of the work.
Its plan may be very plainly and concisely given; for it is, in fact, implied, if not explained, by its title-page. The epistolary form of narrating the incidents selected seemed to invite and warrant a simplicity and plainness of style, which, without descending to homely familiarity, might render the events related more intelligible and attractive to children, than they were likely, perhaps, to be in their original historical form, blended, as they are, in the Old Testament, with numerous details less adapted to interest a child.
The object of the work, I hope, is one which will scarcely be thought to require