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TO MY KIND FRIENDS, AND FRIENDLY PATRONS

ON THE PRESENT, TO ME,

HIGHLI INTERESTING, THOUGH MOURNFUL, OCCASION,

WHETHER THEY ARE TO BE FOUND AMONG

MY OLD AND MUCH RESPECTED BRETHREN OF THE BOOKSELLING

PROFESSION,

MY MUCH ESTEEMED VOLUNTARY AUXILIARIES; WHETHER IN, OR

OUT OF THE TRADE:

OR,

MY KINDË OBLIGING, AND HIGHLY VALUED PRIVATE FRIENDS, WHO

HAVE EXERTED THEMSELVES TO SERVE ME,
I DESIRE TO DEDICATE, AS IS MOST JUSTLY DUE,
FOR THE KIND SHARE THEY HAVE TAKEN IN THE ACT OF BRINGING IT
INTO EXISTENCE, AND OF MAKING IT AVAILABLE, TO THE AUTHOR,

FOR THE PURPOSES INTENDED,
THE PRESENT VỌLUME, COMPRISING MY

LATTER STRUGGLES :

BEIN@, PRINCIPALLY CONFINED TO THE OCCURRENCES OF THE LAST FIFTEEN YEARS; AND CONSTITUTING, WHAT MAY BE CALLED, THE FOURTH BOOK OF THE LIFE OF

A SEXAGENARIAN.

WITH MY MOST FERVENT WISHES,

THAT THE BEST BLESSINGS OF THE ALMIGHTY MAY BE SHOWERED DOWN

UPON THEIR HEADS-THAT THEY BE BLESSED IN

THEIR BASKET AND IN THEIR STORE-IN

THEIR FAMILY AND CONNEXIONS

THEIR HEALTH AND SICKNESS-THEIR LIFE AND DEATH.

IN THE AFFAIRS OF LIFE

MAY THEY EVER BE UNDER THE PECULIAR CARE OF A WATCHFUL
PROVIDENCE-AND, WHEN TIME'S CURTAIN IS ABOUT TO DROP, AND
THEY HAVE ARRIVED NEAR THE CLOSE OF THE JOURNEY OF LIFE,

MAY THAT SWEET REQUIEM
NEVER CEASE SOUNDING IN THEIR EARS, UNTIL, WITH HOPE

OF LONGER LIFE, SENSATION ITSELF, FAIL,
BLESSED ARB THE MERCIFUL, FOR THEY SHALL OBTAIN MERCY.

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