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A TALE.

BY MARIA REGINA ROCHE,
AUTHOR OF THE CHILDREN OF THE ABBEY, MAID OF
THE HAMLET, VICAR OF LANSDOWNE, AND

CLERMONT.

6. Thou com’st in such a questionable shape,
“ That I would speak to thee.”

SHAKSPEARE,

VOL. I.

PHILADELPHIA:
PUBLISHED BY JOHN CONRAD, & co, No. 30, CHESNUT

STREET, PHILADELPHIA; M. & I. CONRAD, & co.
NO. 144, MARKET-STREET, BALTIMORE; AND RAPIN,
CONRAD, & co. WASHINGTON CITY.

H. MAXWELL, PRINTER.

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NOCTURNAL VISIT..

CHAP. I.

*"* Unskilful he to fawn, or seek for pow'r
“ By doctrines fashion'd to the varying hour;
" Far other aims his heart had learn'd to prize,
“ More bent to raise the wretched than to rise."

GOLDSMITH.

WQ R 19 FEB'36

IN a little hamlet called Wyefield, situated between Chester and Holywell, and about two miles from the great road, there lived, many years ago, a curate, of the name of Greville, whose memory is loved and venerated by all who had the happiness of knowing him : like the good pastor so beautifully described in Goldsmith's Deserted Village, he was, though “not passing rich,” dear to all the country round, from his “ unaffected sanctity” and simplicity of manners.

He practised what he preached; and though a narrow income sometimes compelled him to bound his charities, his benevolence knew no limitations. With cheerful alacrity he visited the sick and the afflicted, administering to their wants, and calm

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