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HOLY AND PROFANE STATES.
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR
LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY.
In order to bring this volume within a reasonable compass, portions, including the Lives, have been omitted, as less peculiar and interesting. Many passages and a few chapters have been excluded, as incompatible with the refined delicacy of modern manners. The most valuable parts, however, it is believed, are retained, everything, indeed, which readers in general, at the present day, would wish to have inserted.
To ascertain the true text, the editions of 1642 and 1648 have been carefully collated.