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THE

MYSTERIOUS

F R E E B O O T E R;

OR,

THE DAYS OF QUEEN BESS.

a Romance,

IN FOUR VOLUM!8.

BY

FRANCIS LATHOM,

AUTHOR OF

MEN AND MANNERS; MYSTERY; ASTONISHMENT; THE

IMPENETRABLE SECRET, &c. &c.

In winter's tedious nights, sit by the fire
with good old folko;. and let them tell thee tales
of woful ages, loog ago betid.

SHAKESPEARE.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
PRINTED AT THE

inerba-li ress,
FOR LANE, NEW-MAN, AND CO.
LEADENHALL-STREET.

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PRE FACE.

No

apology can be required for writing a Romance, after the many emineut persons, of both sexes, who have, for centuries past, deemed it no degradation to employ their talents in this species of composition.

Story-telling is of ancient and reverend* origin ; and provided the tendency of the story told, be moral, there can be no fair objection raised to its being made the entainment of hours devoted to relaxation.

* In reference to the Theagenes and Chariclea of Heliodorus.

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