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generally approved, and I almost immedia ately received such countenance and assistance, that I was not only confirmed in my determination, but induced to believe that I should be able to produce a Miscellaneous Volume once in every year.

I had the grateful opportunity of reversing the exclamation of Teucer in Sophocles.

Πολλοί μεν έχθροί παύρα δ' ωφελήσιμοι. .

I had no discouragement, but every thing to stimulate me in persevering in my pur

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I cannot have a better opportunity to niake my acknowledgements where they are so eminently due.

I begin with the Marquis of Stafford, who with great kindness admitted me to his valuable library, where - my excellent friend, Mr. Todd, eagerly and anxiously facilitated my researches.

To the learned Bishop of Rochester I have not only to express my obligation for the use of many rare and curious books from his valuable Collection, but for his kind and friendly attention to me under a misfortune as unforeseen as it was severe.

Mr. Barnard, the King's Librarian, whom I have long known and esteemed, admitted me to the innumerable rarities under his custody.

When I name Mr. Douce, and call him, as I am allowed to do, my friend, it may seem superfluous to add another word concerning the value of his aid. It is sufficient, to say, that his most curious and valuable library is easily accessible, and that his information, when required, on any subject of Literature, is alike prompt and satisfactory, interesting and elegant.


With great respect and sincere attachment I also introduce, among those to whom I am essentially indebted, the venerable Mr. Isaac Reed. He is far above my praise, but I can never forget the free use of


curious articles in his collection, the clearness, the precision, and the kindness of his various communications on many subjects of Early English Literature, concerning which, I was either ignorant or imperfectly acquainted.

With Mr. John Kemble I have long and happily enjoyed a familiar intercourse. No man knows more, or better, whatever relates to the History of the Drama ; no man possesses more copious, or more valuable materials; no man communicates what he knows and possesses, to his friends, with greater or more agreeable facility.

When I intimated to Mr. Malone the


I had in view, with the greatest

politeness politeness he exhibited his literary curiosities to my examination, afforded me every assistance in his



gave me much and important information. We differed, indeed, in one point, which, I trust, however, he will easily forgive. It was part of my plan to trace and point out the progressive changes of the value of rare books; of this he did not entirely approve, thinking it might increase to professed collectors, the difficulty of acquiring them. I confess, this did not appear to me an argument of sufficient weight to induce me to deviate from the plan I had adopted.

Mr. Chalmers, of the Office of Trade, is also entitled to my warmest acknowledgements. The zeal, activity and kindness he has demonstrated towards me, the unreserved use of his valuable collection, the accuracy of his information, the frank and manly sympathy he has on all occasions avowed in my behalf, have made an im


pression upon my heart which can never be obliterated,

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I have also received from Sion College some curious articles, which however, as I

my local connection, intitled to the benefit of them, I should not have mentioned, except that it affords me an opportunity of expressing my esteem for Mr. Watts, the worthy Librarian of the College, who, in every undertaking which has the benefit of Literature in view, is always prompt and kind in his assistance.

Lastly, I must introduce the name of Mr. Nares. The intimate and affectionate connection which I have enjoyed with him for a long series of years, has ever been my pride, and is sufficiently known to the world. · I may presume to add, that the literary labours, which at a most perilous period we commenced in concert, and have long and successfully prosecuted together,

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