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THE

YOUTH AND MANHOOD

OF

CYRIL THORNTON.

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Have I pot heard great ordnance in the field,
And Heaven's artillery thunder in the skies?
Have I not, in a pitched battle, heard
Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets clang ?

Shakspeare

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

NEW-YORK:

PRINTED BY J. & J. HARPER,

YOR COLLINS AND HANNAY, COLLINS AND Co., G. AND C. CARVILLE
WILLIAM E. GILLBY, A. T. GOODRICH, 0. A. ROORBACH, E. BLISS,
AND WILLIAM BURGESS, TR.

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TO THE

HONOURABLE AND REVEREND

GEORGE BRIDGEMAN,

RECTOR OF WIGAN, LANCASHIRE,

AND OF WESTON, SALOP,

IN TESTIMONY OF

SINCERE REGARD AND ESTEEM,

THESE VOLUMES

ARE RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBEN.

THE

THE
YOUTH AND MANHOOD',

OF

CYRIL THORNTON.

CHAPTER I.

The hopes
That were but in conception, now have birth,
And what was but idea till this day,
Hath put on essence.

Challenge for Beauty.

The stock of which I have the honour to be a scion, is one of ancient descent and spotless blazon. Though untitled, its dignity had always been baronial; and the frequency with which the names of my ancestors occur in the county records, as filling offices of provincial trust and dignity, shows their influence to have been considerable. While it is due to truth and my progenitors to state thus much, I am quite ready to confess that our family-tree has produced no very distinguished fruit. Its branches have never been pendent with the weight of poets, heroes, statesmen, or philosophers. “If they have writ our annals right,” births, marriages, and deaths, the sale or purchase of land, the building of a house, or a donation to the parish church or county hospital, were generally the only events sufficiently salient, to afford footing even for the partial eloquence of a family historian. But if I have little reason to boast, I have certainly none to blush, for my ancestors. They were English gentlemen, fulfilling with propriety the duties of their situation, generally respectable

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