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To me, Madam, it very naturally occurred, that the homage of dedicating the following pages could to no one, with so much propriety, be offered as to your Serene Highness, whose extensive travels have been marked with circumstances of uncommon interest ; and by those who can appreciate the various elegant accomplishments which are the peculiar attributes of your Serene Highness, it will be thought an honorable approval of my labors that they are sanctioned by such distinguished talents: But the flattering permission, which with so much grace and condescension has been granted to me, is attributable only, I fear, to that anxious desire of fostering and promoting literary inquiry, which your Serene Highness is on all occasions inclined to manifest,

It is, however, Madam, highly gratifying to me to appear as an example of a disposition so truly worthy your Serene Highness's enlightened mind; and I shall ever feel grateful for the favorable opportunity afforded me of publicly expressing those sentiments of high respect and admiration with which I have the honor to be,

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