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TO THE PUBLIC.
Almost in our own remembrance, an author sought the protection of a patron : in these days, authors find the booksellers their surest support ; but the public is their patron. The booksellers are only the dispensers of its favor. There are authors, however, who are independant of the booksellers, though not of the public, and I class myself among this number. It is a matter of comparative indifference to me, whether 500 or 5,000 copies of this little book be sold; but I am exceedingly desirous that it should be read by every person of reflection in these kingdoms. It consists of an Introductory Essay upon the effect of Interest and Prejudice in the case of Proceedings in Parliament, followed by another upon modes of Proceeding in Parliament, which require to be altered, illustrated by reference to what has taken place in matters relative to Education, Religion, the Poor, the Corn Laws, Joint Stock Companies,