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A Girl's Life in Virginia before the War

A GIRL'S LIFE

IN VIRGINIA

BEFORE THE WAR

[Illustration: "AN EVENING PARTY"--_Page 115._]

A GIRL'S LIFE

IN VIRGINIA

BEFORE THE WAR

BY

Letitia M. Burwell

_WITH SIXTEEN FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS BY_

William A. McCullough AND Jules Turcas

_Second Edition_

New York

FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY

PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1895, by Frederick A. Stokes Company.

DEDICATION.

_Dedicated to my nieces, who will find in English and American publications such expressions applied to their ancestors as: "cruel slave-owners"; "inhuman wretches"; "southern taskmasters"; "dealers in human souls," etc. From these they will naturally recoil with horror. My own life would have been embittered had I believed myself to be descended from such monsters; and that those who come after us may know the truth, I wish to leave a record of plantation life as it was. The truth may thus be preserved among a few, and merited praise may be awarded to noble men and virtuous women who have passed away._

_L. M. B._

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

PAGE

"AN EVENING PARTY" _Frontispiece_

"CARPENTERS ALWAYS AT WORK FOR THE COMFORT OF THE PLANTATION" 2

"ACCOMPANIED BY ONE OF THESE SMILING 'INDISPENSABLES'" 4

"I USE TO WATCH FOR DE CARRIAGE" 10

"I DON'T WANT TO BE FREE NO MO'" 12

"SHE ALWAYS RETURNED IN A CART" 18

"READING AND REPEATING VERSES TO HIM" 26

"MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD SHOW US THE STEP OF THE MINUET" 32

"THERE WERE OLD GENTLEMEN VISITORS" 34

"NOW, MARSTER, YOU DONE FORGOT ALL 'BOUT DAT" 36

"THREE WOMEN WOULD CLEAN UP ONE CHAMBER" 42

"LUNCH BY SOME COOL, SHADY SPRING" 66

"HIS MISSION ON EARTH SEEMED TO BE KEEPING THE BRIGHTEST SILVER URNS" 78

"HOW DEY DOES GROW!" 86

"WHERE IS MY MUTTON?" 98

"AUNT FANNY 'SPERSED DAT CROWD'" 160


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