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JAMES LACKINGTON, ,
The present Bookseller, Finsbury-Square, LONDON,

Written by Himself.
In FORTY-SEVEN LETTERS.TO A FRIEND.

With: a TRÍELE DEDICATION.
1. To the PUBLİC..
2. To RESLECTABLE TROOKSELLERS.
3. TO SORDID

THE THIRTEENTH EDITION.
Corrected and much enlarged; interspersed with many original

bumorous Stories, and droll Anecdotes, to which is also added,
an INDEX.

Much more he learn'a by application,
Than was expected from his station,
Fortune to fools may riches give,
Beauty from nature some receive,
But sense and nobleness of mind
Are gifts the hath to few confined.

ELIZ, GILDING:
Of manners plain-
Conscious of native excellence-not vain
Who nicely still observes the golden mean,
Not mad with mirth-nor ever mop'd with spleen;
But wisely gay enjoys the present hour;
No libertine profane-nor bigot four
In virtue boldby no vain doubts perplex'd,
This scene lives guiltless o'ernor fears the next.

NORFOLK POETICAL MISCELLANY.

L O N D ON:
Printed for the AUTHOR, Finsbury-Square, Moorfields ;

and sold by all other Booksellers,

[Price 2s. 6d. în boards.] 29291

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1898

A TRIPLE DEDICATION

1.

TO THE PUBLIC.

In things indiff rent Reason bids us chuse,
Whether the whim's a monkey, or a muse.

CHURCHILL.

WORTHY PATRONS,

WHERE:L to address you in the

L accustomed declamatory. Hraïm 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 under tandings, but also render myself ridiculously 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 thould esteem myself equally meriting your censure, as being guilty of a flagrant fpecies of ingratitude, were I to omit availing my. self of so favourable an opportunity as now presents itself of expressing the respect and veneration I entertain 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 to indulge the pleafing hope, that, when I affert my mind is deeply impressed with the most grateful sense of the obligation, I shall be honoured with credit. If this opinion be well founded, to enlarge on the subject were fuperfluous--if otherwise, the strongest argument, the moft splendid and

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forcible

forcible language could convey, would not ensure conviction ; I therefore defist, fully persuaded that the most satisfactory, demonstration I can possibly exhibit 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 degree eminent as unprecedented, and which is indeed daily rendered more evident, by a progressive increase in the number and extent of your commands; truste ing, that so long as you find my practice invariably correspondent to those profeffions fo frequenly exhibited to your notice (from which to deviate would render ine unworthy your protection) you will, in defiance of en: maligrtadt oppoficion firmly persevere in the liberal:Copport of hin;" whom:primary ambition ît is, and during.life.hall.be, to distinguish himself as,

WORTHY PATRONS,

Your snuck ob ged,

Ever grateful,
And devoted humble servant,

Chiswell-Street,
October 1791.

JAMES LACKINGTON.

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