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A TALE.

BY THE AUTHOR OF

“ THE FAVOURITE OF NATURE,”

&c. &c.

To man in this his trial state,

The privilege is given,
When tost by tides of human fate,
To anchor fast on Heaven.

WATTS.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR G. AND W. B. WHITTAKER

AVE MARIA LANE.

1824,

LONDON: TRINTID IT COX AXD BAYLIS, GREAT QUHEN DRIN.

TRI AL S.

CHAP. I.

“ What do you mean to do with that child, brother?” said Lady Vincent, one morning at breakfast, to the father of a tall, well-grown girl, about fifteen. “ Miss Mathews told me yesterday that she was getting quite too much for her; and upou my word I think so too."

s Dear aunt," exclaimed Catherine, whilst her father was studying for a reply, which, iu truly acknowledging that

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