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TOMY KIND FRIENDS, AND FRIENDLY PATRONS

ON THE PRESENT, TO ME,
HIGHLY INTERESTING, THOUGH MOURNFUL, OCCASION,

WHETHER THEY ARE TO BE FOUND AMONG
MY OLD AND MUCH RESPECTED BRETHREN OF THE BOOKSELLING

PROFESSION,

MY MUCH ESTEEMED VOLUNTARY AUXILIARIES; WHETHER IN, OR

OUT OF THE TRADE :

OR, MY KINDS OBLIGING, AND HIGHLY VALUED PRIVATE FRIENDS, WHO

HAVE EXERTED THEMSELVES TO SERVE ME,

I DESIRE TO DEDICATE, AS IS MOST JUSTIY DUE,

FOR THE KIND SHARE THEY HAVE TAKEN IN THE ACT OF BRINGING IT
INTO EXISTENCE, AND OF MAKING IT AVAILABLE, TO THE AUTHOR,

FOR THE PURPOSES INTENDED,
THE PRESENT VOLUME, COMPRISING MY

LATTER STRUGGLES :
BEING, PRINCIPALLY CONFINED TO THE OCCORRENCES OF THE LAST FIFTEEN YEARS; AND
CONSTITUTIXQ, WHAT MAY BE CALLED, THE FOURTH BOOK OF THE LITR OF

A SEXAGENARIAN.

WITH MY MOST FERVENT WISHES, THAT THE BEST BLESSINGS OF THE ALMIGHTY MAY BE SHOWERED DOWN

UPON THEIR HEADS-THAT THEY BE BLESSED IN

THEIR BASKET AND IN THEIR STORE-IN

THEIR FAMILY AND CONNEXIONS-
THEIR HEALTH AND SICKNESS-THEIR LIFE AND DEATH.

IN THE AFFAIRS OF LIFE
MAY THEY EVER BE UNDER THE PECULIAR CARE OF A WATCHFUL
PROVIDENCE-AND, WHEN TIME'S CURTAIN IS ABOUT TO DROP, AND
THEY HAVE ARRIVEDNEAR THE CLOSE OF THE JOURNEY OF LIFE,

MAY THAT SWEET REQUIEM
NEVER CEASE SOUNDING IN THEIR EARS, UNTIL, WITH HOPE

OF LONGER LIFE, SENSATION ITSELF, FAIL,
BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL, FOR THEY SHALL OBTAIN MERCY.

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