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BARBARA’S HISTORY.

VOL. III.

BY

AMELIA B. EDWARDS,

AUTHOR OF

“ MY BROTHER'S WIFE,” “HAND AND GLOVE,”
" THE STORY OF CERVANTES,”

&c., &c.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. III.

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

1864.
The right of Translation is reserved.

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PRINTED BY MACDONALD AND TUGWELL, BLENHEIM HOUSE,

BLENHEIM STREET, OXFORD STREET.

BARBARA'S HISTORY.

CHAPTER I.

OUR LIFE AT BROOMHILL.

Hugh's prophecy came but too true. Our arrival at Broomhill was no sooner known through the county, than we were overwhelmed with visitors. They came day after day, and week after week, till I began to think we should never be at peace again. The gravel in the avenue was cut into furrows by their carriage-wheels; and had to be rolled continually. The card-baskets filled and overflowed, like perpetual fountains. Every evening I added fresh names to the list of visits which must be returned—some day. I need hardly say that this influx of strangers wearied and annoyed me beyond description. I knew that curiosity

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