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AUTHOR OF " OLD ENGLAND," “ GENIUS AND INDUSTRY,"

SELF-EDUCATION," ETC.

LONDON:

PARTRIDGE AND O A K E Y.

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THE USES OF BIOGRAPHY.

CHAPTER 1.

THE MUSEUM OF BIOGRAPHY.

Some few years since, in pulling down an old house in Gloucestershire, there was discovered between the walls a secret chamber. It was quite evident that several generations had passed away since any one had entered the room ; it was a rude, cheerless, comfortless apartment enough. There was a poor mattress, a stool, and a table ; on the table lay an open Bible, a lamp, and a pair of spectacles. No doubt was entertained that the room had been prepared for, and tenanted by, some one of the brave sufferers for the rights of conscience; but who had last slept on that bed, sat on that stool before the table for whom the little lamp had last been

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