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OR,

ACTIVE RETIREMENT.

BY THE AUTHOR OF

AN ANTIDOTE TO THE MISERIES OF HUMAN LIFE;

TALENTS IMPROVED, Rć.

TWO VOLUMES IN ONĘ.

VOL. I. "

“ Familiar histories may perhaps be made of greater use than the
“solemnities of professed morality, and convey the knowledge of vice
"and virtue with more efficacy than axioms or definitions."- Johnson.

BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY WEST & RICHARDSON, NO. 75, CORN-

HILL; AND BY EASTBURN, KIRK & co.

NEW-YORK.

E. G. House, P.inter, Court Sinet.

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The truth of the poet's assertion, Höhour and shame from no condition rise,” is generally acknowledged. In the introduction, then, of a'respectable. hatter and hosier of the city of London to the acquaintance of the Reader, we fear no repulsive feelings from his superiors in life, who may honour these pages with a perusal: especially when we define the full meaning of the word respectable, as applied to the person in question, Mr. Wilson. It did not signify merely his possession of a large and well furnished shop, but chiefly referred to the honest and liberal manner in which his trade was conducted. He scorned the mean artifices of too many of his neighbours, who hasting to become rich, fell into labyrinths of snares and disgrace. ` Success, it is true, is not always the result of diligence and circumspection. Providence sometimes sees fit to disappoint the wisest and fairest wishes; yet it never designs to bless those tradesmen who are deficient in either of these two qualifications. Mr. Wilson was remarkable for both; and the consequences were, that he enjoyed a fair reputation and a flourishing

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