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RETISED AND CORRECTED, WITH A GENERAL PREFACE, AN
HISTORICAL AND ILLUSTRATIVE, BY
PUBLISHED BY SAMUEL H. PARKER, BOSTON, FOR
Ahora bien, diro il Cura traedme, senor huésped, aquesos libros, que los quieTo ver. Que me place, respondió el, y entrando, en su aposento, saco dél una maletilta vieja cerrada con una cadenilla, y abriéndola, hallo en ella tres libros grandes y unos papeles de muy buena letra escritos de mano.-Don Quixote, Parte. I. Capitulo 32.
It is mighty well, said the priest ; pray, landlord, bring me those books, for I have a mind to see them. With all my heart, answered the host ; and going to his champber, he brought out a little old cloke-bag, with a padlock and chain to it, and opening it, he took out three large volumes, and some manuscript papers written in a fine character.-Jarvis'. Translation
As I may, without vanity, presume that the name and official description prefixed to this Proem will secure it, from the sedate and reflecting part of mankind, to whom only I would be understood to address myself, such attention as is due to the sedulous instructer of youth, and che careful performer of my Sabbath duties, I will forbear to bold up a candle to the daylight, or to point out to the judicious those recommendations of my labours which they must necessarily anticipate from the perusal of the title-page. Nevertheless, I am not unaware, that, as Envy always dogs Merit at the heels, there may be those who will whisper, that albeit my learning and good principles cannot (lauded be the Heavens) be denied by any one, yet that my situation at Gandercleugh hath been more favourable to my acquisitions in learning than to the enlargement of my views of the ways and works of the present generation. To the which objection, if, peradventure, any such shall be started, my answer shall be threefold :
First, Gandercleugh is, as it were, the central part, the navel (si fas sit dicere) of this our native realm of Scotland ; so that men, from every corner thereof, when travelling on their concernments of business, either towards our metropolis of law, by which I mean Edinburgh, or towards our metropolis and mart of gain, whereby I insinuate Glasgow, are frequently led to make Gandercleugh their abiding stage and place of rest for the night. And it must be acknowledged by the most sceptical, that I, who have sat in the leathern arm-chair, on the left-hand side of the fire, in the common room of the Wallace Inn, winter and summer, for every evening in my life, during forty years bypast, (the christian Sabbaths only excepted) must have seen more of the manners and customs of various tribes and people, than if I had sought them out by my own painful travel and bodily labour.
1* VOL. I.