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few books are so ill written, but that something may be gleaned from the perusal.
Should the insignificance of my life induce any person better qualified to present the world with his, big with interesting events, my disposing of several large editions of that performance will afford me morc folid satisfaction as a bookfeller, than any success or emolument which can pollibly arise from this my first, and most probably last
, essay as an author. If unfortunately any of my kind readers should find the book so horridly dull and stupid, that they cannot get through it, or if they do, and wish not to travel the same road again, I here declare my perfect readiness to supply them with abundance of books, much more witty, much more- -whatever they please, they never shall want books while L. is able to affist them; and whether they prefer one of his writing, or that of any other author, he priteits he will not be in the finallest degree offended': let every author make the fame declaration if he can.
Should my memoirs be attended with ro other be. nefit to fociety, they will at leaft tend to fhew what may be effected by a persevering habit of industry, and an upright conscientious demeanor in trade towards the public, and probably inspire some one of perhaps fuperior abilities, with a laudable ambition, to emerge from obfcurity, by a proper application of those talents with which Providence has favoured him, to his own credit and emolument, as well as the benefit of the community. To such an one I ever have, and ever shall with every possible success, as it has uniforınly been my opinion, that whatever is thus acquired, is more honourable to the parties tha'i the poffeffion of wealth obtained without any intrinsic merit or exertion, and which is too frequently consumed with rapidity in the pursuit of vicc and diffipation.
One word to my old friends the booksellers under No. III. of my dedication. This publication it is to be expected will tend to excite some degree of mirth in them. Conscious that I have often been the cause (however unintentional on my part) of ex.
esting less pleasing sensations in them, I will readily allow them full scope; however, according to the well known adage, “ Let them laugh who win," I bope they will indulge me in the same propensity of. laughing, if not at them, at least with them.
-fuch the vanity of great and small, Contempt goes round, and all mea laugh at all. YOUNG As a proof of my friendly disposition, I shall here add a piece of advice, which I do not hesitate to pronounce will, if attended to, entitle them to promotion amongst my firyt class of booksellers, and eventually prove more beneficial than a constant perseverance in the mode of conduct they have hitherto pursued ; and those who have children will, I hope, see the propriety of inculcating the same doctrine to thein, for their future benefit ; and I fatter myself iny advice will prove equally productive of benefit to a great number of the community at.large, as well as to booksellers. It is this:
If they observe any person by industry. and appli-, cation endeavouring to obtain an honest livelihood in that line for which his talents or difpofition have. qualified him, never to attempt, by dark inuendoes, sly hints, and falle afperfions, to injure him, as, if he happens to be a man of becoming fpirit, such conduct will only tend to increase his exertions, and render hin still more cautious to obtain a good chiteracter; in fo-doing their weapons will recoil on theinfelves, and they will have the mortification to see him flourish, whilst they become obj ets of contempt in the eyes of the public, and will of course be avoided by them. Here perhaps it will be remarked that I have even presumed to differ in opinion from the great Lord Bacon; that philosophical luminary thought that the eye of an envious person darts a pe.. culiar virulence, which wounds its objects: and thus, he accounts for persons in a triumph, or any exalted prosperity, being more liable to be hurt by it than others.
But I forget myself - from debating whether a pre.. face. was. really necessary or not, if I. proceed, thus,
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I shall produce one as long as my book, as indecd some of my seniors in authorship have done before me, though not altogether confiftent with propriety.
I will therefore conclude with a wish that my readers may enjoy the feast with the same good humour with which I have prepared it; they will meet with some folid though not much coarse food, and the major part, I hope light and easy of digestion; those with keen 'appetites will partake of each dish, while others more delicate may select such dishes as are more light, and better adapted to their palates ; they are all genuine British fare. But left they should be at a loss to know what the entertainment consists of, I beg leave to inform them, that it contains fortyseven dishes of various sizes, which (if they calculate the expence of their almiffion tickets) they will find does not amount to two-pence per dish; and what I hope they will consider as immensely valuable (in compliance with the precedent set by Mr. Farley, a gentleman eminent in the culinary science) a striking likeness of their Cook into the bargain.
I have also prepared a bill of fare' at the end of the volume. Ladies and gentlemen, pray be feated ; you are heartily welcome, and much good may it do you.