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A just image of human nature, representing its humours, and the changes of
fortune to which it is subject, for the delight and instruction of mankind.”--DRYDEN,

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JOSEPH SHACKELL, 2, BARTLETT'S PASSAGE, FETTER LANE.

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LONDON:

J. SHACKELL, PRINTER, BARTI.ETT'S PASSAGE, PETTER LANE.

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PREFACE.

HAVING completed the first volume of THE OLIO, it now becomes our pleasant task to express a grateful sense of the patronage which has supported us thus far, and to assure our friends that we do not intend to forfeit the favour which they have shewn us, if what we have done may serve to assure them of what we mean to do.

THE Olio started (according to the forebodings of a few private friends of our's, who are somewhat given to prophetic croaking) under disadvantages, such as were, in their estimation, pronounced impossible to be surmounted :—we have however, successfully shewn that Enterprise can over-leap all impediment, and find itself on its feet “ on the right side of the fence." We entered the field last, it is true, but fully convinced that there was “ ample room and verge enough', for us, and we were not mistaken: our success, -and we entertained no mean notions of it,-has, for once in the history of human expectations, gone beyond our anticipations, and we receive, with every fresh Number of our work, fresh and indubitable assurances that we have grown indeed with our growth, and strengthened indeed with our strength.

“ Else wherefore print we in a reading land ?” The Public never were insensible to their own entertainment, or neglectful of those who carefully catered for their gratification; of this we have the best evidence in the world our own pleasant experience.

The reward of their approbation was all we asked: it has stimulated us thus far, and shall urge us on still farther.

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