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HANNAH GARDNER CREAMER.
" To go through life, unloving and unloved ;
To feel that thirst and hunger of the soul
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1850,
BY JAMES FRENCH,
BOSTON: Damrell & Moore, Printers,
16 Devonshire Street.
MY READER, you have probably, like the author, left the preface to serve as epilogue. Indeed, it was not my design to give you any thing in the form of introduction. What is a preface but an apology? I am not in the habit of begging the world's pardon for any of my performances. But, here, at the completion of the work, I receive, from my worthy friend, the publisher, a request, or rather, “a command in the guise of a request,” that I would indite a preface. With my usual obstinacy, I resolve that you shall have nothing of the kind save the following CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE AUTHOR AND HER FRIENDS.
y her sometime pupils. CARRIE, )