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TO THE

RIGHT HON. SIR ROBERT PEEL, BART.,

FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY, ETC.,

ETC.,

ETC.

SIR,

LORD BACON has said, that “books should

have no patrons but truth and reason;" but he adds, immediately afterwards, that, “if dedicated to any great person, it should be such as the subject suited.”

I was hesitating in what form I should commence my Dedication of the Drama to you, when this passage met my eye and confirmed me.

I do conceive, then, that the subject of this Poem is peculiarly suited to you

in

your present transcendent position; for the chief character therein depicted is that of a patriot whose principles and character remain unchanged and unshaken through every reverse of fortune. I believe, also, that among those who are most opposed to you there does not exist one who ever questioned your personal disinterestedness or abstract love of your country.

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TO THE

RIGHT HON. SIR ROBERT PEEL, BART.,

FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY, ETC., ETC.,

ETC.

SIR,

LORD BACON has said, that “ books should have no patrons but truth and reason;" but he adds, immediately afterwards, that, “if dedicated to any great person, it should be such as the subject suited.”

I was hesitating in what form I should commence my

Dedication of the Drama to you, when this passage met my eye and confirmed me. I do conceive, then, that the subject of this poem is peculiarly suited to you in your present transcendent position ; for the chief character therein depicted is that of a patriot whose principles and character remain unchanged and unshaken through every reverse of fortune. I believe, also, that among those who are most opposed to you there does not exist one who ever questioned your personal disinterestedness or abstract love of your country.

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