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The Big Nightcap Letters Being the Fifth Book of the Series   By: (1822-1894)

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[Illustration: CARL RESCUING THE DOVE FROM THE HAWK]

THE

BIG NIGHTCAP LETTERS;

BEING THE

FIFTH BOOK OF THE SERIES.

BY THE AUTHOR OF THE SIX NIGHTCAP BOOKS, "AUNT FANNY'S STORIES," ETC., ETC.

NEW YORK D. APPLETON & COMPANY, 443 & 445 BROADWAY. LONDON: 16 LITTLE BRITAIN. 1861.

ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by FANNY BARROW, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

TO

, AND ,

YOU KNOW WHO;

THIS BOOK IS MOST LOVINGLY

=Dedicated=.

PREFACE.

IT has always been my favorite theory, that the goodness and beauty of a truly Christian life in children could be taught quite as effectually by combining the gay with the grave, as by being altogether grave; for I chanced to remember that I invariably omitted all the latter portions of the story books bestowed upon me when a child; and I have reason to believe that human nature is pretty much the same now as then.

In each of these little stories, it has been my single aim to inculcate a desire in children to do good, to be good, and to seek prayerful assistance from the One source of all goodness their Father in Heaven.

And now one word about the sixth book of this series. Trembling with a deep responsibility, I have ventured to write a fairy story, (that enchanted ground for the little ones,) through the whole of which I trust this thread of my theory has run unbroken . It is the last of our little friend, Lame Charley; and if the dear children who have made his Nightcaps theirs, will bear him, and me for his sake, in affectionate remembrance, it will gladden the heart of their loving

AUNT FANNY.

CONTENTS.

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FIRST LETTER TO CHARLEY. THE LITTLE WHITE ANGEL, 9

SECOND LETTER TO HARRY. HEEDLESS HARRY, 30

THIRD LETTER TO ANNA. POOR RICH LITTLE EVA, 73

FOURTH LETTER TO GEORGE. ILL TEMPER, 108

FIFTH LETTER TO CLARA. THE ROSE CROWN, 140

SIXTH LETTER TO JOHNNY. THE HUNT FOR A STEAMBOAT, 161

The stories written for the SEVEN NIGHTCAP CHILDREN remaining, will be found in "Little Nightcap Letters."

BIG NIGHTCAP LETTERS.

THE FIRST LETTER.

INTRODUCTION.

ONE evening, when all the children, after the usual frolic with Crocus the cat and the TREMENDOUS DOG, had settled themselves for their "nightcaps," (their meaning of which word, of course, you all know,) the little mother cleared her throat, and paused, for she was feeling for a letter that was in her pocket.

"Something particularly good is coming to night," whispered George to Anna.

"What makes you think so?"

"Don't you see how bright her eyes are? See! now she is hugging Charley, and kissing him;" and unable to resist this loving exhibition, he rushed from his seat to hug and kiss Charley, too, and ask him if he felt quite comfortable.

Charley thanked him with a loving look, and George went back to his seat, all in a glow.

"Children," said the little mother, "I received to day a letter from Aunt Fanny! She says you have given her so many delightful stories, she thinks it is quite time to give you some in return."

[Illustration: THE FRIGHTENED OLD BACHELOR.]

"Did you ever!" exclaimed the children, eagerly. "What a perfect bird of an Aunt Fanny! How perfectly delightful!"

"She wishes me to ask how you would like her to send you each a story, that you would know had been written especially for you?"

"Oh! oh! oh! what a capital idea!" cried all the children, clapping their hands at such a rate, that an old bachelor opposite opened the window and looked out with a spy glass, to see where the fire was; and nearly frightened a lamplighter into fits, who was just at that very moment lighting a lamp at his door... Continue reading book >>




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