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THE

VICTIMS OF SOCIETY.

VOL. I.

LONDON: PRINTED BY JAMES MOYES, CASTLE STREET,

LEICESTER SQUARE.

THE

VICTIMS OF SOCIETY

BY

THE COUNTESS OF BLESSINGTON.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

"'Tis you that say it, not 1; you do the deeds,

And your ungodly deeds find me the words."

LONDON

SAUNDERS AND OTLEY CONDUIT STREET.

M.DCCC.XXXVII.

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PREFACE.

The design of personal satire is sometimes justly, more often erroneously, attributed to those who attempt to paint the manners of the day and, through the character of a fiction, to delineate

the vices or the follies of real life.

But

as one who refuses the shelter of the

anonymous is usually supposed to reject its privileges, so the Author of these volumes ventures to hope that, by pre

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