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ARISTOCRACY,

OR

THE HOLBEY FAMILY:

A NATIONAL TALE.

What's that with strongest influence weak mind rules?
'Tis pride, the never failing vice of fools.'

DEDICATED, BY PERMISSION,
TO THE HON. JAMES FENNER,

LATE GOVERNOR OF R. I.

BY MRS. C. R. WILLIAMS,
AUTHOR OF "RELIGION AT HOME, TALES NATIONAL AND REVOLUTIONARY,'&c.

PROVIDENCE:
PRINTED BY J. KNOWLES..

Entered, according to act of Congress, in the year 1832,

By CATHARINE R. WILLIAMS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Rhode Island.

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TO

THE HON. JAMES FENNER,

LATE GOVERNOR OF RHODE-ISLAND,

THE FOLLOWING PAGES ARE MOST RESPECT

FULLY DEDICATED.

In making this dedication, the author feels assured she need not inform your Excellency, that this tribute of gratitude and respect is not offered to the person who has successively held some of the most important offices in the gift of his fellowcitizens—as such; nor is it offered to the man of affluence; the motive to which, would militate against every principle contended for in the book: It is simply dedicated to one of the most active and efficient patrons of literature in our State,to one who, when the divisions and distractions of PARTY shall cease, will long be gratefully remembered as the friend of science and of manthe promoter of every literary and benevolent institution, of every attempt to enlighten the minds and ameliorate the condition of the human family at large, and in particular of this his native State.

As the following work has nothing to do with the political history of this State, either past or present, the author feels assured that the benevolent concern expressed by your Excellency, lest “the insertion of your name should make the book an object of political animosity,' is unnecessary. Should such, however, in any one instance be the case, the inconvenience will be very cheerfully borne by her who has the honor on this occasion of renewing her expressions of highest consideration and respect.

C. R. WILLIAMS.

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