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“Every family is a history in itself, and even a poem, to those who know how
BOS TO N :
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.
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
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.