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There is no virtue more amiable in the softer sex, than that
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IN THE STRAND ;
AND W. BLACKWOOD, EDINBURGH.
All is said,” says La Bruyere, “ and we come too late ; since it is more than five thousand years that men have reflected."
In the age when this complaint was made, the path of literature was comparatively unbeaten; many beautiful and unfrequented spots remained to reward the diligent traveller; many portions of terra incognita' might still be found rich in golden fruit.
But, though more than a hundred and fifty years have elapsed, since this discouraging sentence was pronounced; it has neither fettered the pen of the author, nor restricted the expectations of the reader ;