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POEMS AND LETTERS
MEMOIRS OF HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS,
WILLIAM MASON, M. A.
PRINTED BY J. F. DOVE, ST. JOHN's SQUARE;
FOR R. PRIESTLEY, HIGH HOLBORN; AND W. CLARKE,
NEW BOND STREET.
WILLIAM FOWLE MIDDLETON, ESQ.
SHRUBLAND PARK, SUFFOLK.
Impelled by feelings of the sincerest regard for your great and continued Support since my commencement in Business, I have been anxious to testify my gratitude in a manner not unworthy your acceptance:—and I indulge a hope, that, in dedicating to you the present Edition of the Writings of the illustrious GRAY, my desire may in some measure be accomplished.- What he was as a Poet and a Man has justly entitled him to a laurel lasting as Time itself; and, Sir, let it not be considered an unmerited encomium to remark, that the same benevolent virtues, which so eminently adorned and distinguished him, now shine with corresponding lustre and energy in yourself.
That Providence may long preserve you to your Family (to every branch of which I am bound by the strongest sense of obligation and respect) is the sincere and constant wish of,
St. John's Square,
Your ever grateful humble Servant,