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My free drift
Halts not particularly, but moves itself
In a wide sea of wax.

Shakspeare.
Power to do good, is the true and lawful end of aspiring: for good thoughts
though God accept them,) yet, towards men, are little better than good dreams,
except they be put in act; and that cannot be without power and place, as the
Fantage and commanding ground.

Bacon.

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CAREY, LEA, AND CAREY-CHESNUT STREET.

SOLD IN NEW YORK, BY G. & C. CARVILL; IN BOSTON, BY DIL-

LIARD, GRAY, AND CO., AND RICHARDSON AND LORD.

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F

TO

HENRY, EARL OF MULGRAVE,

VISCOUNT NORMANBY,

BARON MULGRAVE,

KNIGHT GRAND CROSS OF THE MOST HONOURABLE

ORDER OF THE BATH,

&c. &c. &c.

My LORD,

As the following work treats much of independence of mind, and of the effects which ambition produces upon the heart and character of man, I know not that I can ask a better grace for it, than to be allowed to inscribe it to one who has run through so great a career as your lordship, reaping from it nothing but honour, But though I have been a witness to the devotion of your life to public duty, perhaps no part of it inspired me with more admiring respect, than the disinterested manner in which, after so ably administering your power, you voluntarily laid it down.

Surrounded by the friends of your love, and who give you all their veneration in return, you are a happy example of the better sort of ambition treated of in this work.

I have other reasons of private attachment, which make me not less glad to profit by an opportunity of marking my grateful respect for your virtues: but with these, however they may influence individual feeling, the world is not concerned.

That Providence, which preserved you amid the dangers of your earlier career, may continue to watch over you, during the repose of your honourable life, is the sincere wish of

Your most attached Friend,
And obliged humble Servant,

THE AUTHOR. London, March 6th, 1827.

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