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OF

LITERATURE

AND

SCARCE BOOKS.

BY THE REV.

WILLIAM BELOE,

TRANSLATOR OF IERODOTUS, &c.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

London:

PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON,

NO. 62, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD;
By Bye and Law, St. John's Square, Clerkenwell,

1807.

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TO THE

HONOURABLE AND RIGHT REVEREND

THE

LORD BISHOP OF DURHAM.

MY LORD,

THE value of your good opinion is so well known and so duely estimated among Literary Men, that by thus returning thanks for the permission your Lordship has given me, to prefix your name to these Volumes, I am certain of rendering them the most important service.

I am also, from the circumstances in which I have incidentally

been

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been placed, both proud and anxious to have it more generally known, that the kindness and friendship with which for many years your Lordship has condescended to distinguish me, has undergone no diminution.

It will be my constant solicitude, by pursuing that conduct and those studies which first introduced me to your attention, still to deserve the honour of being allowed to subscribe myself,

و

MY LORD,

Your Lordship’s most obliged

And most faithful Servant,

WILLIAM BELOE.

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If ever there were a time when I might wish for the unclouded use of my faculties, and to be divested of all prejudice and passion, it would surely be the present. I am about to give an account of a work which was commenced under the most auspicious prospects, with the most favourable hopes of its successful and protracted continuation, with the best possible means to give it every aid of variety, with the opportunity of choice among almost infinite materials; and finally, with every thing I could possibly desire to cheer the present, and to animate me to future exertion.

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