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SIR, NOTWITHSTANDING youř constant refusal, when I have asked leave to prefix your name to this Dedication, I must still insist on my right to desire your Protection of this work.

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To you, Sir, it is owing that this History was ever begun. It was by your desire that I first thought of such a composition. So many years have since past, that you may have, perhaps, forgotten this circumstance: but your desires are to me in the nature of commands; and the impression of them is never to be. erased from my memory.

Again, Sir, without your assistance this History had never been completed. Be not

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