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AND KNIGHT AND DREDGE, WINDSOR;
The peculiar circumstances under which this Dedication is written, seem to require from us a few words beyond a D. D. D. We have certainly ground for apprehension that the Patron we have be unwilling that a Work should
under his immediate sanction, in which there are
many things which he cannot approve, and many which he cannot but condemn. If we have committed, in print, those follies, which it has been our study, in practice, to avoid;—if we have ridiculed, in print, that discipline, which it has been our pleasure, in practice, to observe ;-we can only solicit
that lenity we have so experienced before. In real sincerity of heart, we are sorry that this is the last time we shall have occasion to ask for it.
We will add little more. A fulsome Panegyric would be alike irksome to the Patron, and impertinent in the Patronized. Let us only say, that we are glad indeed to prefix to these motley sheets, a name, which, if it cannot rescue them from the criticism of the unmerciful, will, at least, be a safeguard against the cavillings of the unjust.
Cambridge, December, 1821.