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THE

MAY FLOWER,

AND

MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS.

BY

HARRIET BEECHER STOWE,

AUTHOR OF "UNCLE TOM'S CABIN,” “SUNNY MEMORIES

OF FOREIGN LANDS," ETC.

BOSTON:

PHILLIPS, SAMPSON, AND COMPANY,

13 WINTER STREET

18 5 5.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855, by

PHILLIPS, SAMPSON, AND COMPANY,

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

STEREOTYPED AT THE

BOSTON STEREOTYPE FOUNDRY.

INTRODUCTION.

MR. G. B. EMERSON, in his late report to the legisla

ture of Massachusetts on the trees and shrubs of that

state, thus describes

THE MAY FLOWER.

“Often from beneath the edge of a snow bank are seen rising the fragrant, pearly-white or rose-colored flowers of this earliest harbinger of spring.

"It abounds in the edges of the woods about Plymouth, as elsewhere, and must have been the first flower to salute the storm-beaten crew of the Mayflower on the conclusion of their first terrible winter. Their descendants have thence piously derived the name, although its bloom is often passed before the coming in of May.”

No flower could be more appropriately selected as an emblem token by the descendants of the Puritans. Though so fragrant and graceful, it is invariably the product of the hardest and most rocky soils, and seems to draw its ethereal beauty of color and wealth of per

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