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TO THE SECOND EDITION.
SINCE the first edition of this Treatise on Roads was published, a work has appeared, entitled "The Life of Thomas Telford, Esq., written by himself," which contains the following passages relative to this Treatise, and to the circumstances which afforded the author that particular kind of knowledge which enabled him to write it :
"It has already been stated, that, on Lord Oriel's retiring from public life, Sir Henry Parnell, member of parliament for Queen's County in Ireland, and since for Dundee in Scotland, was not only the principal instrument in carrying the Holyhead Road Bills through parliament, but has ever since continued to be the most efficient of the commissioners. Fully impressed with the importance of rendering the communication between London and Dublin perfect, he has, during the last twenty years, applied himself to this object, for effecting which both talents and management have been required, as well as perseverance.