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“ It is for slaves to lie, and for freemen to speak truth.
“In the examples, which I here bring in, of what I have heard, read,
The reader will oblige me by letting me explain to him, how the volume, here offered to his perusal, came to be what it is. I think it due to myself to make the explanation;
a conscientious reader of the prefaces of other men, I may request his indulgence without scruple.
The work was originally intended to be nothing but a selection from the Author's writings, preceded by a biographical sketch. I engaged for it, together with another work, as soon as I returned to England ; but the delight of finding myself among