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FROM THE ORIGINAL MSS. IN HER POSSESSION,
IN TWO VOLUMES.
Printed for A. STRAHAN; and T. CADELL, in the Strand.
M DCC LXXXVIII,
HEY who solicit the favour of the PubT
lick are often led to lament the instability of its regard; and volumes have been written to deter men from trying ever to obtain that which is acknowledged so difficult to keep: yet numbers still endeavour, in spite of admonition, to fit upon themselves that fairy garland, which they have so often seen snatched by malice from the head of the unwary, dropt by a sudden toss from the temples of the arrogant, and fading through mere negligence
round the brows of the sluggard. The obfidional crown however, composed only of that grass which grew in the place besieged,
-may still, as in the days of ancient Rome perhaps-be worn while it lasts without
envy; nor can I form pretensions to any higher reward, for having made known the true character of a dead friend, by printing his opinions, sentences, and letters, which best explain it. • Vol. 1.