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DRAWY FROM THE MOST AUTHENTIC SOURCES, AND DISPOSED. IN A
By JOHN CHARNOCK, Esq.
WITH PORTRAITS, AND OTHER ENGRAVINGS,
BY BARTOLOZZI, &c.
Nauræque, per omne
HORACE, Sat. 1. Lib. 1.
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR R. FAULDER, BOND-STREET.
THE protection and patronage with which you
have been pleased to honour the following sheets, are too valuable, too flattering to myself, to be concealed from the world; were you less known and esteemed than you are,
I might proceed to recapitulate those more serious obligations which bind me, in common with the rest of my countrymen, to respect and admire
· But the general notoriety, Sir, of your public services makes such a detail unneceltary from any individual, while the uniform
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HAT particular influence which frequently
sways the human mind, and has been, in modern times, generally distinguished by the well-known phrase, popular opinion, has, probably, proved a greater impediment to historical truth than even that venerable scepticism which attends antiquity, and involves, in so pleasing a doubt and obscurity, the events of ages long since past.
The birth and nurture of this monfter in litefature has so roused and encouraged the labours both of calumny and panegyric, that it is a matter of some difficulty to decide which has been the most ingenious, spirited and indefatigable. The more exalted the rank, and meritorious the service of any particular personage, the greater extent does he furnish for those lifts in which the tournament is to be held for the establishment or destruction of his pofthumous reputation.
The event of this contest might be expected to produce truth, but this is not invariably the case; and it has become a very grievous talk to supersede those decrees which, however unjust they may be, the authors of them endeavour to proa pagate as fixt and immutable, at the same time they wish to impress the idea, and, indeed, universal belief of their candour and propriety.