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dicating to Mr. GARRICK, but to embrace an opportunity of publicly testifying my admiration of his talents, I might with propriety do myself the honour to prefix his name to any valuable book of which I endeavour to give a correct and elegant edition.

But an edition of SHAKESPEAR is inscribed to you with such peculiar propriety, that it cannot fail of meet

ing ing with universal approbation. You, Sir, by animating his characters on the stage, have shewn the British nation the astonishing treasures of the Father of their Drama: And I even question if ever his genius was sufficiently ac. knowledged by the general voice till you appeared.

This edition claims your patronage in a particular manner, because it is exactly printed from the one published at Edinburgh in 1753, which I have heard you honour with your approbation.

AFTER so many Poets and great men, in different departments, have exhausted almost every vein of pane: gyric in your praise, it would be


presumption in me to attempt to offer any thing. I shall only say, that all your panegyrists have not expressed more than I feel; and that I am proud of this opportunity of subscribing myself,


Your much obliged


and most obedient

humble servant,


Jan. 1. 1771.


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