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Mercier and Co. Printers,
King': Head Court, St. Paul's Church Yard.

THE

SOLDIER'S ORPHAN:

A TALE.

BY MRS. COSTELLO.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

London:

PRINTED FOR

LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME,

PATERNOSTER-ROW.

SOLDIER'S ORPHAN:

A TALE.

CHAP. I.

À Man he was to all the country dear,

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Unskilful he to fawn, or seek for pow'r,
By doctripes fashion’d to the varying hour;
Far other aims his heart had learn'd to prize,
More bent to raise the wretched than to rise.

GOLDSMITE

In a retired romantic village in the west of England, some years previous to the commencement of this history, there resided a Clergyman of the name of Howard; a man who might truly be

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pronounced an ornament to the sacred profession, and an honour to human nature: his piety was pure and unaffected, his learning profound without ostentation, and his benevolence unbounded his charity was not confined to the poor of his own neighbourhood, but extended to the whole race of mankind. It was not that charity which simply consists in giving alms, and relieving the necessities of a few individuals; it was of a more exalted nature ; it extended to all sects and denominations of men. He did not thunder anathemas from the pulpit on those who might differ from him in some particulars of their creed, or who, from education, or early associations, might be led to oppose their opinions to his. Far different from this was the mind of him who sought not his own gratification, but the everlasting welfare of those committed to his care. With the gentle voice of persuasion, he endea

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