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DEDICATION TO THE QUARTO EDITION.
TO HIS GRACE THE
DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE.
MY LORD DUKE,
INFLUENCED by my feelings, my predilec tions, and my wishes, I solicited permission to dedicate the following Sketches of the PEAK SCENERY of DERBYSHIRE to your Grace. It is apparent that in so doing I had it less in contemplation to compliment you than to do honour to myself: for the permission however, and the handsome manner in which it was communicated, allow me thus publicly to return you my thanks.
In the future progress of this work, your Grace's name can hardly fail to produce advantages probably far beyond what I at present anticipate, and open channels of information which may essentially facili tate its improvement, and extend its utility. Ab. stracted from this consideration, to what other individual could the following pages be inscribed with