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TO THE MEMORY OF

MY GREAT - GRANDFATHER,

ARD WALKER, ESQ.,

OF

GROVE HOUSE, HUNSLET, AND PARK PLACE, LEEDS ;

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HE SHALL ENTER INTO PEACE; THEY SHALL REST IN THEIR

BEDS, EACH ONE WALKING IN HIS UPRIGHTNESS.

PREFACE.

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We have all, at times, felt very uncomfortable from being in the presence of one to whom we did not like to speak, because we had not been "introduced." Yet I do not think that English people would be generally willing, in continental fashion, to dispense with the ceremony of introduction. And this induces me to write a few words of preface to this little book. For a preface stands in the position of a third person, in presenting a book to that terrible personality, the wide, wide world. not the author of this volume; and therefore, gentle reader, do not fear that parental affection renders me blind to its defects, but put implicit confidence in everything I say. Now, S. John's I know well, and, by sad experience, the moral wilderness in which it stands : and,

I am

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