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FAITH GARTNEY'S GIRLHOOD.

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“To do my duty in that state of life to which it shall please God to call me."

LORING, Publisher,

319 WASHINGTON STREET,

BOSTON.

1863.

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In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of tbe District of Massachusetts

Stereotyped and Printed by
J. E. FARWELL AND COMPANY.

37 Congress Street, Boston.

PREFACE.

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I BEGAN this story for young girls. It has grown, as they grow, to womanhood. It makes no artistic pretension. It is

simple record of something of the thought and life that lies between fourteen and twenty.

I dedicate it, as it is, to these young girls, who dream, and wish, and strive, and err; and find, perhaps, little help to interpret their own spirits to themselves. I believe and hope that there is nothing in it which shall hinder them in what is noblest and truest.

May there be something that shall lift them, - though by ever so little, – up!

A. D. T. W.

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