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A PICTURE FROM THE LAST CENTURY.

BY

TALVI.

(MRS. THÉRÈSE ROBINSON.)

NEW YORK:
D. APPLETON & COMPANY,
90, 92 & 94 GRAND STREET.

1871.

Istit KD 4273

SEP 8 1941

ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870, by

D. APPLETON & COMPANY,

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

PREFACE TO THE AMERICAN EDITION.

It is my sad privilege to introduce this, the last work of a beloved mother, to the American public. Had she been spared to prepare it for the press of this country herself, she would doubtless have filled out many outlines and explained many allusions which she deemed sufficient for the German reader, for whom the book was originally intended. It is not for my inexperienced hand to supply the deficiency; I leave it to the reader to do so from other sources. In conclusion, I would state that I am indebted, for the admirable translation of the second and third poetical quotations in the fifth chapter, to my highly-venerated friend William C. Bryant, Esq., and take great pleasure in here acknowledging his kindness.

MARY A. ROBINSON.

New YORK, October, 1870.

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