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GENTLE GERTRUDE,

a Tale for Youth.

BY

MARY ANN KELTY,

"In your patience, possess ye your souls.” Luke xxi. 19.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY SAMUEL JONES,

86, KINGSLAND ROAD,

1843.

TO

LONDON: R CLAY, PRINTER, BREAD STREET HILL

PREFACE.

AFTER some hesitation, I am induced to adopt a mode of narrative as that whereby alone the attention of the young can be engaged, or their hearts interested; and the heart it is of the utmost importance for the instructor to secure on his side; nothing being more certain, than that we never really improve in our moral state but by the operation of those influences which engage the affections on the side of virtue.

I have therefore endeavoured, in this little work, to appeal to the feelings, and especially

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