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A Book on the same subject⁕ by a well-known author having lately appeared, the writer of the present work assures her readers that, anxious as she is to behold its formidable rival, she has deferred that pleasure until after the publication of her own work.
'WHAT Is Your Name?' was completed by Christmas Eve 1862, but the idea of it had long before suggested itself to her,—before, indeed, she was aware of any book in any language having been written on the subject of Christian Names. From the writer's first little book she ventures to quote the motif of her present one:—
'She aye tell't the lassies the meanin' o' each o' their Christian names. "Aiblins," said she,
6 "History of Christian Names,' by the Author of 'The Heir of Redclyffe,' 1863.
* Scotch Margaret's Story: 'The Fairy Tree,' p. 141. Nelson: