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Μ Ε Μ Ο Ι R S
FORTY-FIVE FIRST YEARS
The- LI F E
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TO THE PUBLIC.
In thing, inxliff'rerit Reason bids us chule,
Were I to address you in the accustomed declamatory strain which has long been adopted as the universal language of dedications, viz., FLATTERY, I should not only merit your contempt, for thus endeavouring to impofe upon your understandings, but also render myself ridiculoully conspicuous, by a feeble attempt to perform that, for which, as well by nature, as long established habit, I am totally disqualified.
On the other hand, I flould esteem myself equally meriting your cenfure, as being guilty of a flagrant species of ingratitude, were I to omit availing myself of so favourable an opportunity as now presents itself of expressing the relpect and veneration I en. tertain for you, resulting from the very extensive and ample encouragement with which you have crowned my indefatigable exertions to obtain your patronage, by largely contributing to the diffusion of science and rational entertainment, on such moderate terms as were heretofore unknown.
Permit me 10 indulge the pleasing hope, that, when I assert my mind is deeply impresied with the inuit grateful fenfe of the obligation, I Mall be honoured with credit. If this opinion be well founded, 10 enlarge on the subject were fuperfluous--if otherwie, the trongest argument, the most splendid and
forcible language could convey, would not ensure conviction ; I therefore delist, fully persuaded that the most fatisfactory demonstration I can poffibly ex. hibit of the sincerity of this declaration, will be, an inviolable adherence to that uniform line of conduct which has already secured your approbation to a de. gree eminent as unprecedented, and which is indeed daily rendered more evident, by a progressive increase in the number and extent of your commands; trusting, that so long as you find my practice invariably correspondent to those professions so frequently exhibited to your notice (from which to deviate would render me unworthy your protection). you will, in defiance of all malignant opposition, firmly persevere in the liberal support of him whose primary ambition it is, and during life thall be, to distinguish himself as,