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10 THE RIOHT HONOU'RABLE
SIR RICILARD PEPPER ARDEN,
WATER OF THE ROLL", AND ONE 119 MAJESTI'S MOST
HOYOL RIBLE DRIVY COUVOL.
PERFECTLY sensible of that regard which you entertain for the virtuous character, I experience no difficulty in committing to your patronage a new edition of the following pages. They contain portraits of genuine excellence, finished by no unskilful artist. Charmed from my earliest years with their captivating beauties, I shall probably be deemed a partial and prejudiced sertator. Be this as it may-when I request your permission to inscribe to you a volume which exhibits a full and adequate representation of per. suns eminent for their great and amiable qualities, I am contident of your kind indulgence. I am,
Sir, with all possible respect,
and devoted servant,