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LONDON:
HURST AND BLACKETT, PUBLISHERS,
SUCCESSORS TO HENRY COLBURN,
13, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

1856.

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TO

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

COLONEL AND LADY LOUISA TIGHE

This Work

WITH

SENTIMENTS OF RESPECT AND GRATITUDE

IS INSCRIBED.

OUR OWN STORY.

CHAPTER I.

THERE is, I suppose, in all minds, some memory of the first sense of existence; of a moment beyond which there is no knowledge whatever of oneself, and even after which there is perhaps another blank in memory.

In my own case that first sense of existence reaches to a date so early in life, that the memory comes only as a streak of light, revealing a picture in a dark place which the next instant conceals.

That momentary glimpse shews me a little child sitting somewhere on a stone step, with a white frock turned over her head to screen it from the sun, and her lap is full of wild flowers.

VOL. I.

B

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