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HENRY SMITH, Esq.

SECRETARY TO The Hon. THE BOARD

OF ORDNANCE,

IN

THE

KINGDOM OF IRELAND.

SIR,

A DEDICATION wears

, at all times, so much the air of Aattery, that 'tis hard to distinguish between the language dictated by Sincerity, and the fawnings of the Parasite—between the respect paid by personal gratitude to personal merit, and the aukward imitations of it offered at the foot of Wealth and Title by the hungry expectant,

I shall, for these reasons, only make one short observation on the propriety of my offering these sheets to your patronagem That although nothing doubting but the innate beauty of my favourite author, is capable of attracting the admiration and A 2

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seizing the attention of every rank and age --yet having had an opportunity (through the honour of a personal intimacy with you) of observing, not only how reducible, but reduced to practice, is that philanthropy he so sweetly recommends in every page of his writings,-I have beer. induced to prefix your name, as a fit head to such a body--feeling with what force precept comes home to the heart, strengthened by such an example.

I have therefore to beg you will attribute the liberty I here take with your name to its proper motive-a desire to hold up to the world a mirror, in which they should endeavour to behold their own likeness and to believe me, with every sentiment of gratitude and respect,

SIR,

Your most obliged,

And most humble servant,

A. F.

PREFACE.

P R E F A C E.

HE
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editions that have already passed the press, of the “ Beauties of Sterne,” sufficiently evince the sentiments of the public at large upon the propriety of such a work, and remove those objections which at first might have been supposed to exist—it therefore only remains to point out the amendments the world has a right to look for in the present edition.

It has been a matter of much general complaint, that the selections hitherto made were of rather too confined a cast, and that, contrary to the original, the utile and the dulce were not sufficiently blended, or in equal quantities. That as the work was intended both for the recreation of our riper years, and the improvement of the more juvenile mind, it dragg’d on rather too serious a system of grave morality, un. mix'd with those sprightlier sallies of fancy,

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which the great Original knew so judiciously and equally to fcatter in our way.

It has been likewise observed, that the dread of offending the ear of Chastity, so laudable in itself, has, in the present case, been carried to an excess, thereby depriving us of many moft laughable scenes, though in themselves totally free from any objections on the score of indelicacy-and that, upon the whole, the past compilers of Sterne, keeping 'their

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his morality, than his bumour-upon his judgment, than his wit, had liken’d the work to his Cane Chair, deprived of the one of its knobs-incomplete and ununiform.--Giving us rather those plants which may be found in a!! climates and in every soil, than those which are more estimable, because more rare, and which have been brought to perfection in but a very few indeed such skilful hands as his.

To obviate in some measure those founded objections, has been the object of the present edition, in which, the reader, whesher of a grave or gay complection, will

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