True Stories of History and Biography by Nathaniel Hawthorne


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The Project Gutenberg EBook of True Stories of History and Biography
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Title: True Stories of History and Biography

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Release Date: April 24, 2005 [EBook #15697]

Language: English

Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1

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[Illustration]




TRUE STORIES

FROM

HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY.

BY

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

BOSTON:
TICKNOR, REED, AND FIELDS.
MDCCCLI.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1850, by NATHANIEL
HAWTHORNE, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District
of Massachusetts.

CAMBRIDGE:
PRINTED BY BOLLES AND HOUGHTON.




PREFACE.


In writing this ponderous tome, the author's desire has been to describe
the eminent characters and remarkable events of our annals, in such a
form and style, that the YOUNG might make acquaintance with them of
their own accord. For this purpose, while ostensibly relating the
adventures of a Chair, he has endeavored to keep a distinct and unbroken
thread of authentic history. The Chair is made to pass from one to
another of those personages, of whom he thought it most desirable for
the young reader to have vivid and familiar ideas, and whose lives and
actions would best enable him to give picturesque sketches of the times.
On its sturdy oaken legs, it trudges diligently from one scene to
another, and seems always to thrust itself in the way, with most benign
complacency, whenever a historical personage happens to be looking round
for a seat.

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