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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, by

J. E. TILTON & COMPANY, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

STEREOTYPED BY C. J. PETERS & SON,

13 Washington Street, Boston.

PRESS of Geo. C. Rand & AVERY, 3 Cornhill.

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INTRODUCTORY.

THOSE who have so kindly received the previous work, “Child-LIFE IN ITALY,” will find more fully introduced in this sequel, its “companion-volume,” those subjects of lively interest to which the attention is naturally directed in residing or in travelling in Italy, - history, mythology, art, and religion. For, although the writing of these tales was commenced with a view to amusement only, the idea of imparting information also soon suggested itself; and it is believed, that, even under the simple title of this little book, the general reader will find enough of this, somewhat systematically arranged, to repay him or her for the perusal.

These little stories were not designed, however, to forestall for the juvenile reader the great pleasure of an intimate knowledge of Roman history; and are therefore merely sketches, to mark out, as it were, some of its great outlines, and to

pare them for a more full acquaintance with the interesting topics of ancient Rome.

The same must be said of other parts of the work, which give but some general, historical features, with a little fillingup of their own peculiar productions, of other interesting countries of European travel, Spain, France, and England.

The fanciful portion of the work will, of course, be regarded but as the setting of a picture, the framework, or surroundings, of a landscape.

Boston, U.S.A., 1866.

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