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OF

MYWARDSHIP.

BY MARY CATHERINE JACKSON.

“Looks of familiar love, that never more,
Never on earth our aching eyes shall meet,
Past words of welcome to our household door
And vanish'd smiles, and sounds of parted feet-
Spring! 'midst the murmurs of thy flowering trees,
Why, why revivest thou these?”

MRS. HEMAN8.

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LONDON:
RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET.

1856.

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LONDON:

Printed by Schulze and Co., 13, Poland Street.
THE STORY

OF

MY

WARDSHIP.

CHAPTER 1.

“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice :

Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.”

HAMLET.

"Being not propped up by ancestry (whose grace

Chalks successors their way), neither allied
To eminent assistants, but spider-like
Out of his self-drawing net, he gives us note.
The force of his own merit makes his way;
A gift that Heaven gives for him.”

SHAKSPEARE.

The morning was cold and squally that saw us setting off for the place where the review was to be held ; and the drive in an open carriage, in spite of our warm wrappings, was very comfortless and miserable.

VOL. III.

B

us.

Lord Ravensden and Captain Howard were on horseback, while Mr. Grey remained with

I felt truly wretched, exposed to the biting wind, and heartily wished either that our journey was at an end, or that we had not ventured out at all ; and in this unpleasant mood, I sat quiet in my corner. Mr. Grey addressed me once or twice, expressing his regret at seeing me suffering, as I really was, from the English climate, and kindly drew my shawls more closely round me.

About mid-day we arrived at our destination, the Race Course, where the crowds assembled presented a shivering aspect ;-and no wonder ; for the spot chosen for these scenes of gaiety was a bleak, unsheltered common, over which the wintry gusts swept mercilessly; and blue cheeks, chattering teeth and red noses prevailed amongst the multitude.

We drove to the Grand Stand, where places had been secured for us; and for a time amused ourselves watching the arrival of country families - nice, substantial-looking people of all ages, who came bustling in, as if the occasion were the most important of their lives.

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