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REV. WILLIAM HOWLEY, A.M.
FELLOW OF ST. MARY'S COLLEGE, WINTON.
WHILE I gratify my own feelings, by thus publicly dedicating to you the following version of THE GEORGICS, and add, that it has stood the test of your criticism, I am not without fear, that to those who are acquainted with your taste and attainments in literature, I may seem to have consulted rather my own reputation, than the sentiments of disinterested friendship. You, however, cannot be mistaken in the genuine motives of this address; and, on that account, it is unnecessary for me to repeat the assurance of my regard and affection.