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TRIALS;

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 TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

PHILADELPHIA :

PUBLISHED BY ABRAHAM SMALL,

1824.

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TRIALS.

CHAPTER I.

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“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 upon my word I think so too.”

" Dear aunt,” exclaimed Catherine, whilst her father was studying for a reply, which, in truly acknowledging that he did not know what to do with her, was to convey to the comprehension of his sis. ter a gentle hint that he should be much obliged to her to take his daughter off his hands, o dear aunt, what occasion is there to do any thing with me? I am sure I am happy enough with my plants, and my books, and my poney, and my dear Fidele ;"_and she began to caress a pretty little spaniel that lay at her feet: “and I give no trouble to any body, if they would but let me alone ; but they never can for five minutes together. If I run off into the shrubbery to get a little air, there is Miss Mathews,- Miss Ca. therine, I am shocked! without your hat, without your gloves, and running off in that manner! is that

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