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MISCELLANIES,

IN PROSE AND VERSE,

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TO

JOHN ALDERSON, Esq. M.D.,

PRESIDENT OF THE HULL PHILOSOPHICAL AND LITERARY SOCIETY ; SENIOR PHYSICIAN TO THE HULL INFIRMARY, AND CONSULTING PHYSICIAN TO THE LYING-IN-CHARITY; HONORARY MEMBER OF THE YORKSHIRE PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY; CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE MEDICOCHIRURGICAL SOCIETY, EDINBRO', &c. &c. &c.

DEAR Sir,

In dedicating to you the following pages, the author is influenced by reasons, the statement of which will not, he trusts, be discreditable to either party.

Nearly thirty years ago, you were one of the first, and now, alas ! almost the only survivor of those friends, to whom he was chiefly indebted for encouragement and support, at a period when to him these were peculiarly valuable; and your advice on various points connected with his literary pursuits, was as freely given, as it was beneficial.

To your professional care and eminent skill, on various occasions, he considers himself indebted, under Divine Providence, for the prolongation of life; and the promptitude and liberality with which your attentions were ever rendered, in the time of necessity and disease, to himself and family, are not the less deserving of acknowledgment, because shared in common with many other persons, in similar circumstances.

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Although entertaining sentiments different from your own on some of those subjects, both in Religion and Politics, which, in the eventful period of the last thirty years, have agitated the public mind, and frequently broken the bonds of amity between friends; and from his situation necessarily called upon to avow and defend those opinions which he himself had conscientiously adopted ; the writer is not aware that he has ever thereby forfeited your good will ; certainly he has never, for a moment, experienced the slightest relaxation in your kindness—an instance of liberality, unpurchased by servile adulation, which, even in this professedly liberal age, will be more generally praised than imitated.

Several of the following pieces received your approbation when first published. The reprint of a selection of them has been often solicited by friends, who, either from the principle of association, and the reminiscences of former and perhaps more happy times, or from partiality to the author, attribute to them more merit than they intrinsically pos

These solicitations have led to the present publication ; and one gratification it affords him, is the opportunity of thus publicly acknowledging his obligations to your kindness, and of expressing his warmest wishes for your happiness, and the prolongation of your valuable life.

With these sentiments, the writer begs leave to subscribe himself,

DEAR SIR,
Your most obedient Seryant,

sess.

I. W.

Hull, June 29, 1829.

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