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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 Excerpt: ...give them a sleigh-ride; and that Tom, the carpenter, was fixing up the sled. William was at the work-shop helping him, by handing the nails and bits of plank as he wanted them. It needed very little alteration or mending to enable them to sit in it very well, and with the aid of some cushions and blankets, which their mamma would furnish, he thought they might have a very comfortable ride. The plan was charming, and cloaks, bonnets and overshoes, were speedily got.' Mr. Lee could not complain of any want of punctuality in the little party who were to accompany him, for they were all on the steps, cloaked and bonneted, when the sleigh was driven up to the door. The horses bounded over the firm snow, and it cracked and flew up in. bright particles from the sides of the sleigh. "But where shall we go?" enquired Mr. Lee, as soon as they jumped in. "Any where you choose;" was the reply from all the happy voices. "Then I will drive to my uncle's;" said he. "My good old aunt is never without a welcome for children, or a mince-pie at Christmas." All were pleased at the idea; for their grandaunt and uncle were among those whom "bairns and dogs love," as the Scotch say; that is, they were good-humoured and affectionate, and loved to give pleasure to every thing around them. You could not be ten minutes in the room with them, without a pleasant sensation, like that of being in the sunshine in cold weather, and when you saw how easy it was for them to give pleasure by simple kindness, you wondere'd any one should ever take the trouble to give pain. With such a pleasant end in view, the children enjoyed their ride still more highly. Part of the road wound along the bank of a small stream, and they amused themselves with...
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