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THE

VOICE OF CONSCIENCE:

A NARRATIVE FOUNDED ON FACT,

BY

MRS. QUINTIN KENNEDY.

" FOR LIKE A PLAGUE, WILL MEMORY BREAK OUT:
AND, IN THE BLANK AND SOLITUDE OF THINGS,
UPON HIS SPIRIT, WITH A FEVER'S STRENGTH,
WILL CONSCIENCE PREY."

WORDSWORTH.

1840.

FISHER, SON, & CO.,
NEWGATE ST., LONDON : QUAI DE L’ECOLE, PARIS.

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INTRODUCTION.

A few summers ago, I paid a visit to an old clergyman in Cornwall, who had been a college-friend of my father's, and ever since those early days, had kept up with him an interchange of kindnesses and friendship. He had frequently invited me to visit his rectory, which was situated in one of the most secluded and picturesque nooks of the county.

* The outline of the facts mentioned in the following Narrative given in the form of an autobiography, appeared in “ Carne's Letters from Ireland,” contained in Colburn's New Monthly Magazine for January, 1839. The writer, who availed herself of these materials as the ground-work of her tale, took some pains to ascertain their probable truth, and the result has been uliquestionable evidence of their veracity.

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