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It is both with pride and pleasure that I inscribe these Essays to you, as a public mark of respect, and a testimony of private regard; for if there be anything on which we may be allowed to pride ourselves, it is upon that from whence one of our greatest pleasures is derived, . . . . the friendship of the wise and the good. In revising them for republication, there were few opinions which I have found reason to modify, and none to retract. Had I indeed treated of political subjects with reference only to their temporary importance, and the in terests and passions of the passing day, I should not have deemed them worthy of preservation, still less of being dedicated to you.