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C. WHITTINCHAU, TOOKS COURT, CHANCERY LANE.

PREFACE.

Pleased with the hope that I should be able to pass the decline of my life on a little nook sacred to literature, not in inactivity, but in contemplation, I have been steadily occupied in the completion of a work upon the conduct of the understanding, on which I have been engaged for many years. In my times of recreation I have collected these trifles. They are published with the feeling so beautifully expressed by a celebrated divine: " I persuade myself that the life and faculties of man, at the best but short and limited, cannot be employed more rationally or laudably than in the search of knowledge; and especially of that sort which relates to our duty and conduces to our happiness. In these inquiries, therefore,

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