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TO THE HONOURABLE

COSMO GORDON, Esq.
One of the Barons of his Majesty's Exchequer ;

TO

SIR WILLIAM FORBES, BART.

Of Pitsligo ;

TO

ROBERT ARBUTHNOT, Esq. Secretary to the Honourable Board of Trustees, for Fisheries,

Manufa&ures, and Improvements in Scotland;

AND TO

JAMES MERCER, Esq.
Formerly Major of the Forty-ninth Regiment.

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To you, MY DEAR FRIENDS, I beg leave to inscribe this little Miscellany. To Author was well known: ye were pleased, even from his childhood, to interest yourselves in his welfare: and towards you, on

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TO THE HONOURABLE

COSMO GORDON, Esq.
One of the Barons of his Majesty's Exchequer;

TO

SIR WILLIAM FORBES, BART.

Of Pitsligo ;

TO

ROBERT ARBUTHNOT, Esq. Secretary to the Honourable Board of Trustees, for Fisheries,

Manufa&ures, and Improvements in Scotland;

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JAMES MERCER, Esq.
Ferly Major of the Forty-ninth Regiment.

FRIENDS, I beg leave to Miscellany. To you its known: ye were pleased, ildhood, to interest yourfare: and towards you, on

account of your eminent virtues and abilities, and of that unreserved and uninterrupted friendship with which he knew ye had, for more than thirty years, honoured his father, his gratitude and veneration were peculiarly strong.

These are the reasons which induce me to take the li. berty of addressing you on the present occasion.

Of my conduct in making this collection there is one circumstance which may seem to need an apology; and that is, my putting together in the same volume pieces so different in style and character. I might say, that many writers and editors have done the same thing without incurring blame. But I have another, and perhaps a better reason. I wished to give such proofs as could be had, and might be published, of the various talents of the Author; and, for the sake of the example, to show, that, though studious and learned, he was neither austere nor formal; and that in him the strictest piety and modesty were united with the utmost chearfulness, and even playfulness, of disposition.

I have the honour to be,

GENTLEMEN,

Your ever-obliged and

Most faithful Friend and Servant,

JAMES BEATTIE.

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