The Author is quite aware of the defects of this little story, many of which were
unavoidable, as it first appeared serially. But, as Uncle Alec's experiment was intended
to amuse the young folks, rather than suggest educational improvements for the
consideration of the elders, she trusts that these shortcomings will be overlooked by the
friends of the Eight Cousins, and she will try to make amends in a second volume,
which shall attempt to show The Rose in Bloom.