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THE RIVAL CRUSOES.
W. H. G. KINGSTON,
“MANCO," "PETER THE WHALER,"
GRIFFITH AND FARRAN,
(SUCCESSORS TO NEWBERY AND HARRIS)
The title of the following tale was given to a short story written by the well-known authoress, Agnes Strickland, more than half a century ago, when she was about eighteen years old. I well remember the intense delight with which I read it in my boyhood, and was lately surprised to find that it had been so long out of print. The publishers, however, consider that the work, esteemed as it was in former years, is, from the style and the very natural mistakes of a young lady discernible with regard to matters nautical, scarcely suited to the taste of the present day. They therefore requested me to re-write it, believing that the subject might be worked into a deeply interesting story of much larger proportions than the original. This I have endeavoured to accomplish, and I trust that the new version of “The Rival Crusoes” may become as popular among the present generation as its predecessor was with the last.
W. H. G. KINGSTON. September, 1878.