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PUBLISHERS' PREFACE.

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rich in brilliant descriptions, and so picturesque and glowing in style and arrangement of particulars. This will make the book invaluable to all of our citizens who may visit Europe, and wish to have an intelligent guide and companion in their travels. One pervading charm they will find in these volumes, that will stir and keep fresh their own patriotism,-that in all her wanderings, whether at the refined court of St. James in the imperial presence of Louis Napoleon, or under the consecrated tapestries of the Papal palace, our accomplished countrywoman was ever staunchly true to her republican lineage, and came back home American in heart and mind.

With these thoughts as to the book and its author, the publishers respectfully submit it to the reader, confident that they have made a valuable contribution to a most interesting branch of the rising literature of our country.

MOBILE, July, 1857.

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