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This little tale was published before the middle of the last century, and is said to have been written by a sister of the celebrated Fielding. It is remarkable as having been one of the first books of the kind prepared purposely for children; and in this view it may, perhaps, be found not uninteresting to the present generation of children, since it not only contains an exact and lively picture of their grandmothers and great-grandmothers, but was probably the favourite companion of their youthful days. The editor was induced to undertake the revisal of this work by a parent who is now no more. It was, indeed, one of the last tasks allotted her by that dear parent; and on this account she has been prevailed upon to complete it, although, on a close perusal, she found it necessary to make more alterations in it than she at first intended. Several fairy tales were incidentally introduced into the original work; and as it is not unlikely that such compositions formed at that period one of the chief amusements of the infant mind, a single tale of this description is admitted into the present edition. But since fanciful productions of this sort can never be rendered generally useful, it has been thought proper to suppress the rest, substituting in their place such appropriate relations as seemed more likely to conduce to juvenile edification.

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