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LONDON:
SMITH, ELDER AND CO., 65, CORNHILL.

M.DCCC.LXI.

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NOTE.

Whilst these sheets were in the press, the munificent bequest of 2,500l., left, together with an annuity of 60l., by the late Mr. John Shakespear, of Worthington, Leicestershire, has been set aside by a decree of the Court of Chancery, and the committee for the repairs of the house in Henley Street, where Shakspere was born, find themselves liable for a heavy debt. Surely, however, the English nation, which loves and reverences its greatest poet, will not suffer the people of Stratford long to need assistance for repairing the birthplace of Shakspere, when Australia, to her honour, is setting up a statue to him in her principal town.

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