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A YEAR AMONG THE ENGLISH JESUITS:
A PERSONAL NARRATIVE.
AN ESSAY ON THE CONSTITUTIONS,
The Confessional Morality, and History of the Jesuits.
BY ANDREW STEINMETZ.
“ Nor aught so good, but strain'd from that fair use,
Romeo and Juliet, Act. II. Scene III.
A TRUNCATED biography, like a cone in the same condition, seems to require some account of the eliminated section. The author must disclose so much of his previous history, as will be necessary to enable the reader to comprehend, and duly to appreciate, the events that must, to a great extent, be intimately connected with the former.
The past, the present, and the future in the life of man, are three interjections in one and the same sentence; and the reader whose heart can sympathise with the feeling indicated by the first, will respond, like the vibration of the musical string, to the sigh that saddens the second in the dirge of life.
I was born in an island situated between the tropics - a Swedish colony. My parents were of German and French origin: at the time of my birth, and long after, they were sufficiently wealthy.