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TALE OF THE TIMES.

BY

THE AUTHOR OF A GOSSIP'S STORY.

DEDICATED BY PERMISSION To Mrs. CARTER.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. 1.

While Hope pictures to us a flattering scene of future bliss

let as deny its pencil those colours which are too brigbc to be lafting.When hearts deserving happiness would unite their fortune, Virtue would crown them with an unfading garland of modeft, hurtless flowers; but illo judging passion will force the gaucier rose into the wreathe whose thorn offends them when its leaves are dropt.

SHERIDAN'S Rivako

THE THIRD EDITION.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY A. STRAKAN, PEINTIUI-STREET, POR T, N, LONGNAN AND O. REES, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

244,010,

Some recent publications may, perhaps, , make it necessary for the Author of the subsequent Work, in order to evade the censure of plagiarism, to state, that she could, if necessary, produce the tefti. mony of several respectable witnesses, to prove that the entire plot of the following story, and nearly three parts of the writing, were finished previously to the appearance of the play called “ The Stranger” at Drury-lane Theatre ; and that she is not conscious of having borrowed one idea from that much-admired performance.

She has seen two works advertised, which she has been informed bear a resemblance to her own plan : “ Let“ ters from an Hindoo Rajah;” and

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" Waldroff; or, the Dangers of Phi“

losophy.' As she has never met with either, she cannot tell how far her sentiments may be similar.

There is a class of writers to whom The owns herself under fome obligations, as they not only suggested to her the portrait of a complete villain, but also furnished her with several specious parsages, which she has appropriated, unaltered, to the character of Fitzosborne. She could specify the quotations, with the names of the authors ; but perhaps their liberality will be better pleased with a general acknowledgment.

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