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“ There is a history in all men's lives.”

Shakespeare.

THREE VOLUMES

VOL. I.

LONDON:
SMITH, ELDER AND CO., CORNHILL.

MDCCC, XXXVI.

LONDON: Printed by T. C. Newby, No. 11, Little Queen Street.

PLEBEIANS

AND

PATRICIANS.

VOL. 1.

B

PLEBEIANS AND PATRICIANS.

CHAPTER I.

FAMILY CHANGES—THE MANFORDS.

«« 'Tis a world of changes,
And whether up or down-the change is irksome.”

Anonymous.

FORTY-EIGHT years ago, the parish of Shawton, forming one of the north eastern extremities of Cheshire, was as beautiful and picturesque in its appearance, as the most

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