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That one might read the Book of Fate ;
And see the revolution of the times
Make mountains level, and the continent,
Weary of solid firmness, melt itself
Into the sea.

SHAKSPEARE.

LONDON:

T. CADELL, 141, STRAND.

1841.

THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC, LIBRARY

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

1917

LONDON:

RICHARD WATTS, CROWN COURT, TEMPLE BAR.

TO

THE REV. JOHN PEACHEY,

AND

MRS. PEACHEY.

Accept,

HONOURED FRIENDS

my VALUED and

- for the long-continued kindness and interest you have manifested towards me, give me a right to address you by that title—the first feeble efforts of my pen. I have long yearned to express the fulness of the grateful affection I bear towards you and yours; and my present endeavours are but impotent, to convey all that I could wish to express. Whatever may be found that is good, or worthy to meet your eye, in the following humble pages, the source and main-spring of it may be traced to yourselves : for to my residence under your roof, during that period of life when the heart and imagination are most susceptible of impression, am I mainly indebted, under God, for that knowledge, which is more precious than rubies,” and for those sentiments by which we are enabled

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