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AFTER MANY DAYS.

A TALE OF

SOCIAL REFORM.

BY

SENECA SMITH.

LONDON:

W. TWEEDIE, 337, STRAND, W.C.

MDCCCLX.

249.7.boe

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PREFACE.

I HAVE undertaken a narrative of human weakness in temptation, of fearful falls from virtue, and of ultimate redemption. To many it will occur, that themes so sombre should be handled with funeral sadness, and to such my indulgence in the comic vein may appear a violation of good taste--if nothing more. But I prefer to invest my characters and incidents with the motley which is the common wear of human life—that strange yet universal garb in which the mournful and the gay, the tragic and the grotesque, so constantly intermingle.

After much consideration, I have concluded that it would be unprofitable, and even unfair, to disguise the purport of the tale ; and, therefore, I make free to commence at a stage which is really very far in advance of the main incidents of the tale. The reader will find himself at once surrounded by characters and circumstances which he will not thoroughly understand till he has come to the closing pages of the book.

The considerations which have determined the precise characters and careers of the dramatis personce, are too numerous when taken together, and too insignificant sepa

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