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PASSAGES FROM THE DIARY OF A WIFE AND MOTHER IN THE
"This interesting and excellent book purports to be a diary of a lady of royal birth two hundred years ago. From its being written in a style so simple, with so much of pure devotional and domestic feeling, and displaying so naturally the unaffected, womanly thoughts of a daughter, wife, and mother-its modern authorship has been more than suspected. Be this as it may, it has been deemed by many intelligent readers to have emanated from Lady Willoughby; or, at all events, to have been the production of an excellent mind, and one which had undergone the discipline of real experience. The original book was long hoarded up as a literary curiosity; but upon examination, this ancient quarto, with ribbed paper and antique type,' was found to possess too much of character, feeling, and general popular interest, to be hut up in the cabinets of the virtuosos. It soon ran through the first edition, and the resent beautiful American reprint is from the second London issue."-Fredonian.
"A most remarkable work, which we read, some time ago, in the original English shape, with great delight. Its character is peculiar. Lady Willoughby is a fictitious character, personating an English lady of the seventeenth century, who, while the civil wars were raging, lived quietly apart from the scene of strife, bringing up her children, and manifesting her conjugal as well as maternal affection in the Diary;" which, had it emanated from the pen of a real Lady Willoughby of the time, could not have been a more beautiful, a more affecting, or a more instructive record."New York Tribune.
"The original edition of this work, published in London, was issued in quai to form, upon ribbed paper and antique type, and at once attracted very general attention as a rare literary curiosity. In the present edition, reprinted from the second English edition, the style of execution has been modernized, retaining only the capitals, italics and the old spelling. It is a work of high interest, in whatever light it is viewed; and as a picture of domestic life during the stormy period when Cromwell and Fairfax and other heroes of that era filled so large a space before the public, it possesses a charm which will entertain every reader. The style is quaint though simple and attractive, and the book is a perfect gem in its way."-Troy Budget.
"This Diary purports to have been written in the stirring times of Charles the First and Oliver Cromwell, but the allusions to public events are merely incidental to the portraiture of Lady Willoughby's domestic life. Her picture of the little pains and trials which are mixed up with the joys that surround the fireside is perfect, and no one can fail to derive benefit from its examination. In the very first chapter we are charmed with her simplicity, her piety, and true womanly feeling, and learn to reverence the fictitious diarist as a model for the wife and mother of the nineteenth contury."-Newark Daily Advertiser.