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DESULTORY STORY,

· IN FOUR VOLUMES,

INSCRIBED, BY PERMISSION, TO

HER GRACE THE DUCHESS OF BUCCLEUGH.

VOL. 1.

There is a kind of justice which a man ought to observe

towards himself, even should he exist' solitary on the earth:
he should govern all his affections and habits, that he may
be enslaved by none.

MADAME ROLAND.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR A. & J. BLACK & H. PARRY,

LEADENHALL-STREET ;

AND

BELL & BRADFUTE, EDINBURGH.

1801.

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TO HER GRACE

THE DUCHESS OF BUCCLEUGH.

DIADAM,

HAVING obtained your Grace's permission to dedicate to you the following juvenile performance, which I have acknowledged to be rather a candidate for favor than for fame,I feel it necessary to account to the world for the presumption of laying at your feet so simple and unpretending an offering.

The native of a part of the kingdom which owes the embellishment of its natural beau

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