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RECOLLECTIONS

A LITERARY LIFE.

VOL. I.

OF

A LITERARY LIFE;

OR,

BOOKS, PLACES, AND PEOPLE.

BY MARY RUSSELL MITFORD.

AUTHOR OF

“OUR VILLAGE,” “BELFORD REGIS," &c.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET.

1852.

LONDON :
Printed by Schulze and Co., 13, Poland Street.

369915

TO

HENRY F. CHORLEY, ESQ.

My dear Friend, But for you this book would never have existed. It has been to me throughout a source of great gratification. As I wrote line after line of our fine old Poets, many a cherished scene and many a happy hour seemed to live again in my memory and my heart. But no higher pleasure can it afford me, than the opportunity of expressing to you my sincere respect and admiration for talent, especially dramatic talent not even yet sufficiently known, and for innumerable personal qualities worth all the talent in the world.

MARY RUSSELL MITFORD.

SWALLOWFIELD, NEAR READING,

DECEMBER, 1851.

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