Excerpt from Six Nights With the Washingtonians: And Other Temperance Tales
When the Temperance Tales contained in this vol ume were written, and published separately, the writer did not anticipate SO favorable a reception as they have obtained in all directions. He believed that, if he were to enter a field SO full of rich materials as the one opened by the great Temperance Reformation, he might present scenes that would not only deeply interest every family in the land, but act as powerful auxilia ries in the promotion of that noble cause. His success has been far beyond his expectations. But this success has resulted entirely from the fact, that, in every one Of the stories presented, there has been, as its ground work, a basis of real incidents; and these have been detailed without any aim at artificial effect, but simply with a View to let truth and nature speak forth in their legitimate power and pathos.
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