The Autobiography of Anne Lady Halkett

The Autobiography of Anne Lady Halkett

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The Autobiography of Anne Lady Halkett

The Autobiography of Anne Lady Halkett

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Note by the director--Where there are obvious mistakes in the text I have
made the correction which Mr. Nichols would have made in revising his MS.
noting at the foot his original words. I have also added a few words at the end,
founded on the Life published at Edinburgh. Mr. Nichols has left a large number
of notes, of which he would doubtless have made ample use, and he had collected a
number of Lady Halkett's Meditations, of which a few specimens are printed in the
Appendix.

This fragment of Lady Halkett's autobiography having been printed without comment, it appears to the Editor the most convenient course to take a review of its contents, and to combine with a summary thereof such other particulars derived from collateral sources as may at once enlighten the obscurity in which Lady Halkett studiously wrote, and also enable the reader to appreciate more thoroughly the value of the historical information which she actually imparts.

Lady Halkett is already known in the catalogue of female authors from the publication of some of her religious writings which was made in the year 1701, and from the Life which is prefixed to them. That life was derived in part from the a[utobiography] now printed. [It was re-published in 1778] and it appears in an abridged shape in Ballard's Memoirs of Learned Ladies, 4to. 17[52], and 8vo. 17[75].

Anne Murray was born in London on the 4th of January, 1622, the younger daughter of Thomas Murray, the preceptor and sub-

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