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MARY ANNE SCHIMMELPENNINCK
AUTHOR OF SELECT MEMOIRS OF PORT ROYAL'
AND OTHER WORKS.
EDITED BY HER RELATION
CHRISTIANA C. HANKIN.
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, LONGMANS, AND ROBERTS.
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
FROM THE LIBRARY OF
JOHN CHIPMAN GRAY
GIFT OF ROLAND GRAY
SEP. 4 1934
THE SECOND EDITION.
THE following fragment of autobiography was dictated by Mrs. SchimmelPenninck during the last three years of her life, when the act of writing was distasteful and burdensome to her. It received neither subsequent addition nor alteration from its Author.
She did not live to make those corrections which every such work requires, and the reader's indulgence is claimed for faults of composition arising from these circumstances.
In compiling the memoir of Mrs. SchimmelPenninck's life, the utmost pains have been taken
to procure materials with a view to continue the detail from the period when the autobiography of her early years concludes. But in this there was only partial success. Of a considerable part of her married life, the Editor has failed in obtaining any record; but from about the year 1835 materials abound. Especially are they rich in letters. So many have been kindly placed at the disposal of the Editor, that the only difficulty has been in the selection. Many of the letters which follow have been chosen as especially exhibiting the character of the writer, and her views on many interesting topics largely discussed in the present day.
The Editor gladly takes the opportunity afforded by a second edition to introduce several additional letters on subjects not hitherto touched upon, a wish to that effect having been very generally expressed.