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“Every family is a history in itself, and even a poen, to those who know how
TICKNOR, REED, AND FIELDS.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1873, by
ANNA CORA MOWATT,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts
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
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 perform
ance 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.