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LATE NON-RESIDENT PROFESSOR OF AMERICAN HISTORY IN CORNELL
UNIVERSITY; AUTHOR OF "THE LIFE OF MAJOR-GENERAL

NATHANAEL GREENE;' "HISTORICAL VIEW OF THE

AMERICAN REVOLUTION," ETC., ETC.

HOPE

PROVIDENCE:

J. A. & R. A. REID, PUBLISHERS,

1877.

us 14037.1

u514039.1

727

9

HARVARD

JUN 21 1886

LIBRARY

Bright Fund

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1877, by

ANNA MARIA GREENE,

in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.

ΤΟ

Anna Maria Greene,

MY DEAR MOTHER:

YOU BEAR YOUR NINETY-THREE YEARS SO LIGHTLY THAT I INVITE YOUR ATTENTION TO A NEW VOLUME OF MINE WITH AS MUCH ASSURANCE OF YOUR SYMPATHY AS WHEN I CROWED AND WONDERED OVER MY FIRST PICTURE BOOK AN INFANT ON YOUR KNEE. FOR YOUR SYMPATHY IS AS QUICK AND AS WARM AS IT WAS THEN, AND YOUR MEMORY GOES BACK WITH UNERRING CERTAINTY TO THE MEN AND THE SCENES OF ALMOST A CENTURY AGO. YOUR EYES HAVE LOOKED UPON WASHINGTON, AND YOUR TENACIOUS MEMORY CAN STILL RECALL THE OUTLINE OF HIS MAJESTIC FORM.

THE FIRST TIME THAT I VENTURED TO SEND FORTH A VOLUME TO THE WORLD, I SET UPON THE DEDICATION PAGE THE NAME OF MY FATHER. HE HAS BEEN DEAD MANY YEARS. YOU STILL LINGER BEHIND, AND LONG MAY YOU LINGER. LONG MAY THOSE FRESH MEMORIES WHICH GIVE SUCH A CHARM TO YOUR DAILY LIFE CONTINUE TO CHEER YOU AND INSTRUCT THOSE WHO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF LIVING WITH YOU. THEY HAVE SEEN LIFE IMPERFECTLY WHO HAVE NOT SEEN WHAT A CHARM IT WEARS WHEN THE HEART THAT HAS BEAT SO LONG STILL LENDS ITS GENIAL WARMTH TO THE STILL INQUIRING MIND.

REVERENTIALLY AND AFFECTIONATELY YOUR SON,

GEORGE W. GREENE.

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