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  ― iii ―

Preface.

THE “Tasmanian Lily” is written with an object.

The author had heard the common remark that, with the greatly advancing prices, England was no longer fit for the home of any but the very busy and the very rich. The former must gain their living, or they wish to add to their store. The latter can enjoy their wealth in the high civilization here.

But there is another class, comprising those who are not what is called rich, but who have a moderate competency, with no desire, or ability, to enter the competitive strife for an increase of gains. To these the present bounding prices have a very sensational meaning. Many of such persons have families around them, and they sigh as they contemplate the coming struggles of their offspring in a land so crowded out, or where King Capital has so great a supremacy.

There are, also, some whose infirmity of frame requires a milder climate. With British leanings and


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ideas, they would not like to bring up a family amidst foreign and uncongenial associations.

Honestly believing that emigration to Australia, and especially to Tasmania, would suit the pocket, tastes, and health of the class in question, giving a Present to themselves and a Future to their children, the writer has sought to picture simply, but fairly, the condition of Colonial life in the following tale.

 LONDON, Oct. 13, 1872.

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