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TRANSLATED FROM THE
BY THE REV. WILLIAM BELOE.
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
THE THIRD EDITION.
Printed by Luke Hansard & Sons, near Lincoln's-Inn Fields; for
LEIGH AND SOTHEBY; J. WALKER ; R. LEA; J. NUNN ;
J. CUTHELL; LONGMAN, HURS., www.S, ORME, & BROWN;
LORD BISHOP OF LONDON,
MY LO R D,
When I published the first Edition of this Work, I was an obscure individual, and did not presume to inscribe it to any one; but, when a very large impression had been sold, and generally received with kindness, I felt the less reluctance in soliciting permission to prefix your Lordship's name to its second appearance. VOL. I.
I am also proud and happy to have this opportunity of expressing my gratitude, for the friendship with which your Lordship has for many years honoured me, and for the warm and generous kindness I have often experienced from you, in circumstances of great perplexity and sorrow.
I shall ever remain, with the sincerest and most respectful attachment,
And most devoted Servant,
WILLIAM BELOE. [ ]
TO THE SECOND EDITION.
The sensations with which an author writes the Preface to the first and to the second edition of a Work are very different. In the first instance he is alarmed by various apprehensions; he is conscious that many errors will have escaped his most anxious attention; he knows the vigilance of many to detect, and the disposition of some to expose, 'the defects which may have escaped his own penetration or diligence. But perhaps he is, above all other considerations, tormented with the fear, that his literary labours may not meet with the reward adequate to his pains; may not suit the curiosity of the Public, and may glide away unnoticed to oblivion.—The emotions which, without any undue portion of selfcomplacency, he feels when he is introducing a second edition, are of a far more gratifying kind. He has ascended the hill, the approach to which seemed so steep and difficult ; he must have been a favorite with many readers, and endured by