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“Every family is a history in itself, and even a poem, to those who know how
to read its pages.” LAMARTINE.

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BOS TO N :
TICKN OR, R EED, AND FIELDS.

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1853, by A N N A Co RA Mo w A TT, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

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INTIR, OD UCTION.

MY autobiography, needs no preface. Its apology is a promise, made to one who had the best right to demand such a pledge, that before I retired from the profession I had adopted I would publish a record of my life's experiences—

a promise now rendered sacred by

• “The instinct
Which makes the honored memory of the dead
A trust with all the living.”

If one struggling sister in the great human family, while listening to the history of my life, gain courage to meet and brave severest trials ; if she learn to look upon them as blessings in

disguise ; if she be strengthened in the performance of “daily duties,” however “hardly paid;” if she be inspired with faith in the power imparted to a strong will, whose end is good, then I am amply rewarded for my labor.

ANNA CORA MOWATT.

RAvenswood, New York,
December 7, 1853.

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