Mrs. Edward Leigh
OF A FLIRT; "AN OWER TRUE TALE"
first inconstancy of unripe years
Nisbet, Barnes & Moore, Printers
In the substance of its details, the following pages approximate so nearly to a true narrative, that this little story can scarcely be classed among the works of fiction. Names, localities, and dates, have been changed, when deemed necessary for a proper disguise; and in a few instances, imagination has supplied, or colored, the events of the narrative, in order that unpleasant personal feelings might be avoided. Still, it is feared, on reading over the completed pages (which the printer, with extended hand, is demanding,) that very many of the portraits of my gentlemen admirers are so accurately drawn, that the parties will respectively recognize them. Some of them surely will, if they recognize their own images when they gaze in a mirror. But I could not consistently, with my preconceived plan, farther heighten or tone down the coloring; and if they recognize themselves, that is their fault, not mine. I will make one concession, and offer one treaty stipulation to all such-I will not tell the secret of their true names, if they will not; though if they choose a contrary course, I care not.
is hoped that this humble work may exert a good influence on the minds
of the readers of both sexes; and this hope is a chief incentive to its
composition. Believing that a discriminating public will accord it whatever
merit it may possess, I cheerfully send it forth to such fate as may be
held just by the popular verdict.