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SELECTED TROM THE
BEQUEATHED BY HIM TO HIS FAMILY,
To which are prefixed,
OF THAT AUTHOR,
IN SIX YOLUMES.
LONDON: PRINTED FOR RICHARD PHILLIPS, NO, 71,
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.
LEWIS and RODEX, Printers, Paternoster.row.
9.12 40 NCA
W HEN a private correspondence is presented to the public, the first question which occurs is, how have they been procured? - In the present instance this admits of the most satisfactory answer. It was the custom of Mr. RICHARDSON, not only to preserve the letters of his numerous correspondents, but to take copies of his own, generally by the hands of his daughters, — particularly his daughter Martha, and his nephew, who performed to him the office of amanu
Mulso. Mr. Scudamore also obligingly sent several letters of his deceased mother's. The whole collection is very numerous. . When Mr. Phillips had completed his purchase, he engaged me to perform the necessary office of selection. I have endeavoured to do justice to him and to the public; how I have succeeded I am yet ignorant. No two persons probably would fix precisely upon the same standard of choice. But it may be fairly observed, that neither can any one criticise that standard with judgment, unless he had submitted to his inspection, not only the letters that are taken, but those also which are left.
ANNA LÆTITIA BARBAULD.