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Reminiscences of Uncle Toby,

Teresa, or the Peasant Mother,

View of the Mind released from Matter,

Thoughts on Creation,

Love's Chain,

Twilight Shadows,

A Fable,

A Fragment,

Reflections in Youth,

The Voyage of Life-A Song,

Lines written on the first of April,

A Legend,

The Harper,

Autumn,

The Dying Sister,

The Forest Tree,

The Voice of the Sea,

Thoughts on Niagara,

The Voice of the Falling Leaves,

Blacklock's Picture of himself,

Epitaph on a favorite Lap-dog,

The Young,

The God of the World,

The Eclipse,

Autumn,

Farewell to the Flowers,

The Last of the Jagellons,

The Spectre of the Hearth,

The Lonely. Mother,

The Friend of our Darker Days,

We are growing old,

Songs of our Land,

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INTRODUCTION.

We will not weary the reader's patience with an elaborate preliminary, nor with apologies for offering the present work to the public. We have been induced to enter the arena of bookmakers, by a desire to disseminate a more correct and ex tended knowledge of blindness, and its effects upon mental and physical development, than the reading public has hitherto possessed. In this way we hope to remove some of the most formidable obstacles that hedge up the way to usefulness and independence, for all who are placed in this condition; a condition to which, by the vicissitudes of life, every person is ex posed, and in whose dark and inauspicious night more than five hundred thousand of our race are at present enshrouded In almost every state of our Union, as well as in those of Eu rope, Charity, with her angelic hand, has raised up, within the present century, institutions dedicated to the sacred purpose of giving the light of science, and a knowledge of some of the useful arts, to those who behold not the beautiful earth and the serene sky. But sad experience has taught us, that until soci ety in general better understands and appreciates the abilities

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