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R. L. EDGEWORTH, Esq. F.R.S. M. R. I. A. &c.
Gratum est quòd patriæ civem populoque dedisti,
The good sense of two centuries has confirmed Bacon's opinion of dedications ; “ that books, such as are worthy the “ name of books, ought to have no patrons but truth and reason.” Your Lordship’s name therefore is prefixed to these Essays, not as a propitiatory offering to the publick, but as a tribute due to a great statesman, who is an illustrious example of the effects which may be expected from good education. Sir William Jones thirty years ago pronounced of his pupil, “ This man will serve his country.”
I have the honour to be,
Your Lordship’s faithful Servant,
RICHARD LOVELL EDGEWORTII. Edgeworthstown,