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TOWARDS DISCOVERING THE ORIGIN AND COURSE OF

HUMAN IMPROVEMENT.

BY

W. COOKE TAYLOR, ESQ. LL.D. M.R.A.S.

OF TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN.

VOL. I.

HOMO SUM: HUMANI NIHIL A ME ALIENUM PUTU.-TERENCE.

LONDON:

LONGMAN, ORME, BROWN, GREEN, & LONGMANS.

1840.

LONDON: PRINTED BY MANNING AND MASON,

IVY LANE, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

TO

THE MOST REVEREND FATHER IN GOD,

RICHARD

LORD ARCHBISHOP OF DUBLIN,

AND

PRIMATE OF IRELAND.

My LORD,

This book is yours; you suggested, encouraged, and to a great degree directed it, you may therefore claim its patronage as matter of right. Were the case otherwise, I should scarcely have ventured to obtrude my homage, because I should fear my power to control my feelings. To your Grace's friendship I owe incentives to exertion, motives for confidence, and fresh grounds of hope, inexpressibly precious to the labourer in the field of literature, who must pass through many dark and stormy days before he can expect the seed he has sown to produce even a scanty harvest. The language of gratitude, if warm, would savour of adulation, and be rejected by you; if cold, it would too closely resemble ingratitude to be adopted by me. I lay my work before you therefore with such silent and reverential feelings as best beseems the position of the obliged and the benefactor; but I cannot abstain from uttering my ardent prayer that you may long continue to be the ornament and the hope of our common church, our common country, and our common nature.

I have the honour to be

Your Grace's
Grateful and obliged servant,

W. COOKE TAYLOR.

34, Arlington Street, Camden Town,

Sept. 25th, 1840.

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