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ROSE OF SHARON:

A

RELIGIOUS SOUVENIER,

FOB

MDCCCLIII.

EDITED BY

MRS. C. M. SAWYER

BOSTON:

A TOMPKINS AND B. B. MUSSEY & CO.

1853.

AL34 3,72- 에

KD 55922(1853)

HARVARD COLLECA
MAR 12 1941
LIBRARY

f.
Boston

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852,

BY A BEL TOMPKINS,
In the Clerk's office of the District Court of the District of

Massachusetts.

WILLIAM A. HALL, PRINTER, 22 SCHOOL STREET,

BOSTON.

PREFACE.

A most idle and unprofitable thing it is, in either writer or editor, to extend his prefatory remarks beyond the narrowest possible limits. A preface is no place for fine dreamings, or dainty images, and should be emphatically bald and utilitarian. The old read it only for the sake of some plain, prose hint, which may aid them in the better appreciation of the book itself. The young never read it at all. They are in a hurry to go a-Maying among the flowers and fancies which may deck the succeeding pages, caring little how they were planted.

Let me, then, once more simply make my Salààm to the courteous readers of our favorite Annual, while to the contributors to its pages, I tender the expression of my unfeigned thanks for their timely and generous aid, and of my regrets that it has been found impossible to profit more fully by their kindness. Several excellent articles have been reluctantly laid aside for want of room, and some because they arrived too late. Most of them are reserved for another volume.

And now to one and all,

Adieu, auf Wieder sehen!"

C. M. S.

Clinton, June, 1852.

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