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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1863, by
Presswork by John Wilson and Son, Boston.
TO THE MEMORY OF HER,
who had FAITH IN THE Boy, who counsellED AND comforted
IN giving the following pages to the public, I am not following my own desire or thought, but yielding to the request, made many times, and by those of various taste, experience, and age. I am glad to do any little good I may, conscious that the little I can do for others never can equal, certainly never can cancel, the good I have received from others. The reader will find here simply the result of observation and experience—not the vaunting of my own attainment, but rather the covert confession of short-coming — the word of one who knows better than he does. If that word shall, in any way, help any toward the home life I believe to be possible, I shall be humbly glad.
CAMBRIDGE, 26th October, 1863.