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/ PICTURE GALLERY

EXPLORED;

OR,

AN ACCOUNT OF VARIOUS ANCIENT CUSTOMS
AND MANNERS.

INTERSPERSED WITH

Anecdotes and Biographical Sketches

OF

ILLUSTRIOUS CHARACTERS.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR HARVEY AND DARTON,
GRACECHURCH-STREET.

1824.

THE

BOD

PREFACE.

ALTHOUGH nothing is original in the following little work, except the dialogue, which was necessary as a connecting link; yet the compiler trusts, that it will be found to contain, in a small compass, much useful and interesting information. In selecting the anecdotes from writers of acknowledged merit and veracity, she has endeavoured to avoid, as much as possible, the beaten track, and to introduce names and points of character, not usually presented to the notice of children. She still remembers, with pleasure, the avidity with which, when quite young, she perused true stories, and how anxiously she sought for further particulars of those illustrious individuals, who either gained her affectionate admiration by their exemplary virtues, or elated her young imagination by the bril

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