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GEORGE R. my EORGE the Second, by the Grace of God, King y of G eat Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c.

To all whom these Presents shall come Greeting: Whereas WILLIAM Owen, and WILLIAM JOHNSTON, of Our City of London, Booksellers, have, by their Petition, humbly represented unto Us, That, they have, with great Care, Labour and Expence, compleated a Work, entitled,

A NEW and GENERAL

Biographical Dictionary,

CONTAINING The Lives of the most illustrious Persons, who have flourished in all

Nations, from the earliest Period to the Present Time, . And have most humbly prayed, That We would grant Them Our Royal Licence, for the sole Vending of their faid Dictionary, for the Term of Fourteen Years, according to the Statute in that Cafe made and provided ; We, being willing to give all due Encouragement, to a Work of this Nature, which may be of public Use and Benefit, are graciously pleased to condescend to Their Request; And We do, therefore, by these Presents, (so far as may be agreeable to the Statute, in that behalf made and provided ;) grant, unto Them, the said WILLIAM Owen, and WILLIAM JOHNSTON, Their Heirs, Executors, and Assigns, Our Royal Privilege and Licence for the fole printing, publishing, and vending their faid Dictionary, for the Term of Fourteen Years; to be computed from the Date hereof, ftri&tly forbidding and prohibiting all Our Subjects within Our Kingdoms and Dominions, to reprint, abridge, or translate the fame, either in the like or any other Volume or Volumes whatsoever ; or, to import, buy, vend, utter, or distribute any Copies thereof, reprinted, beyond the Seas, during the aforesaid Term of Fourteen Years, without the Consent and Approbation of them, the said WILLIAM Owen and WILLIAM JOHNSTON, their Heirs, Executors, or Assigns, by Writing under their Hands and Seal, first had and obtained, as they and every of them offending herein will answer the contrary at their Peril. Whereof the Commissioners and other Officers of Our Cuftoms, the Mafter Wardens and Company of Stationers of Our City of London, and all other Our Officers and Ministers whom it may concern, are to take Notice, that due Obedience be rendered to Our Pleasure herein fignified. Given at Our Court at Kensington the Twenty-third Day of October 1755, in the Twenty-ninth Year of Our Reign.

By His Majesty's Command,

HOLDERNESSE:

BIOGRAPHICAL
DICTIONARY;

CONTAINING

An Historical and Critical ACCOUNT

OF THE
LIVE S and WRITING S.

OF THE
Most Eminent Persons

In every NATION;
Particularly the British and IRISH;
From the Earlieft Accounts of Time to the present Period.

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WHEREIN

Their remarkable ACTIONS or SUFFERINGS,
their VIRTUE S, PARTS, and LEARNING, are
accurately displayed ; with a CATALOGUE of their
LITERARY PRODUCTIONS.

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LONDON:
Printed for T. OSBORNE, J. Whiston and B. White,

W. STRAHAN, T. Payne, W.Owen, W. Johnston,
S. CROWDER, B. LAW, T. Field, T. Durham,
J. Robson, R. Goadby, and E. BĄKER.

MDCCLXI.

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