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OXFORD: D. A. TALBOYS ;
HATCHARD AND SON, LONDON.

MDCCC XXXIII

LIBRARY

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OXFORD

OXFORD: PRINTED BY TALBOYS AND BROWNE. TO

THOMAS ELLAMES WITHINGTON, ESQ.

OF CULCHETH HALL,

IN THE COUNTY OF LANCASTER.

MY DEAR SIR,

When I consider your rank and influence in society, and the principal characters in my work, I can see no impropriety in availing myself of your kind permission to dedicate these humble pages to you. I am willing to think that you may view them, even in future years, when the writer has past beyond the boundaries of mortality, with no small interest, as containing the sentiments and wishes of one who, whatever his faults and imperfections were, honestly laboured to promote the temporal and eternal happiness of his fellow-creatures.

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