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AN

HISTORICAL ROMANCE,

BY THE

George C

HON. GRANTLEY F. BERKELEY, M.P.

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IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET.

Printed by J. L. Cox and Sons, 75, Great Queen Street,
Lincoln's-Inn Fields.

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DEDICATION

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COUNTESS OF EUSTON.

In the Dedication of these volumes, the Author has the deepest gratification, not from any idea of their value, for of that he is diffident, but merely in the opportunity of proving his feelings for one whom he hath ever regarded with affection.

As they are the first from his hand of this particular description which have sought the public praise, so has he naturally the greater anxiety for their success; and though at some future time he may produce a book more worthy of acceptance, still, he never can, one,-in the fate of which he will be so thoroughly interested.

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BERKELEY CASTLE.

INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER.

IN venturing to lay the present work before the public, I am aware that I tread on a delicate and dangerous ground, for more reasons than one. In the first place, the unfavourable mention of the acts of the ancestry of others in relation with, and in contrast to mine, may create a partial dissatisfaction; in the second, there may be those who will say, he hath written a discourse of himself— he hath enlarged on the events of his own family, and what have we to do with these? My reply to the first of these objections is, that I shall state

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