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ROSE OF SHARON:

A

RELIGIOUS SOUVENIR,

FOR

MDCCCL.

EDITED BY

MRS. C. M. SAWYER.

BOSTON:
A. TOMPKINS, AND B. B. MUSSEY & CO.

1849.

Al 343.72 KD55922(1850)

)

Duplicate money

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1849,

By ABEL TOMPKINS,
in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the District of

Massachusetts.

DAMRELL & MOORE, PRINTERS, 16 DEVONSHIRE ST.

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PREFACE.

THE season for the annual blossoming of our 'Rosa' is again here, and it once more modestly unfolds its petals, shedding its humble fragrance for those who have, in years gone by, fondly placed it in their bouquet. But the pure and graceful spirit which first ushered it into being, and which, for so many successive years, fostered its beautiful development, has turned away from earth, and is now watching the flowers of a fairer shore. Yet let our annual offering not be despised though now tendered by another hand, but accepted and cherished, at least for her sake who first gave it birth and has bequeathed it to those whom she has thus early left behind her.

In appearing as the successor of one so gifted and so beloved as Mrs. Mayo, the present Editor of the Rose is deeply sensible that her position is a delicate and trying one. Yet she trusts that her efforts to merit the approbation of its friends will not be altogether unavailing, but that some portion of the favor so richly and deservedly enjoyed by her predecessor, whose plan she has as nearly as possible pursued, may be kindly awarded her.

For the prompt and most generous response of the contributors to her call, the Editor returns her warmest thanks. It will be perceived that the favorite names are, with few exceptions, in their old places. Two or three articles of much merit have been, with great regret, laid aside for want of room.

Such as it is the Rose is commended, with a modest confidence, to the public. If it sustains the character it has heretofore enjoyed the expectations of its warmest friends will be more than realized, and the Editor will have abundant reason to be gratified.

CLINTON, N. Y., JULY 20, 1849.

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