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Lucrezine, Lib. I. I
DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA, TO WIT:
BE IT REMEMBERED, that' on this L. S. fifth day of January, in the thirty eighth
year of the Independence of the United States of America, Thomas Ritchie of the said district, hath deposited in this office, the title of a book, whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit: “ THE OLD BACHELOR." In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entituled "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the rimes therein mentioned.” And also to an act entituled, 66 An act supplementary to na act eptituled, An act for the encouragement of Jearning by securing the copies of maps, charts & books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned. And ex. tending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints."
Wm. MARSHALL, Clerk of the District of Virginia.
The following essays were the amusement of a few short intervals of leisuće ; and were given 10 The Enquirer with the hope of their amusing, also. his country readers. Their author never calculated on their taking the form of a book ; and Wrote, therefore, with a rapidity and carelessness, excusable only in the ephemera of a news paper.
In an early number communications were invied and many were received. Some of those are given to the public in this series of essays; many of value yet-remain, which at a future dazy possibly contribute to form another volume.
The subject of Eloquence, verely begun in a few numbers near the close of this book, biad constitu
But the author's how smal design of the more and more rare, as well as shorter, he was forced to leave the Essays which are published on that topic in a very crude and mutilated state, and ti suspend, at least for a time, if not to abandon, altogether, the whole project. This le regrets.
For the occupation was delightful to him ; and he Juve
med to a victy of quarters that it was not withou,
pleasure or profit to the readers of The Erquirer. Mi maneh to be Wamented that this pleasing and copular mode of conveying instruction is not more couited in this country. We have many who have both time and talents for such compositions, and who might do much good to others and credit to themselves by, devoting a few hours in each week to such a work. There may, indeed, be less fame in such an employment than in many others; but in none cap there be more peace, innocence or pleasure ; and in few, indeed, more permanent utilityPythagoras thought it more