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DESULTORY STORY.

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DESULTORY STORY,

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

INSCRIBED, BY PERMISSION, TO

HER GRACE THE DUCHESS OF BUCCLEUGH.

VOL. I.

There is a kind of justice which a man ought to observe
towards himself, even should he exist solitary on the earth:
he should govern all his affections and habits, that he may
be enslaved by none.

MADAME ROLAND.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR A. & J. BLACK & H. PARRY,

LEADENHALL-STREET;

AND

BELL & BRADFUTE, EDINBURGH.

1801.

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TO HER GRACE

THE DUCHESS OF BUCCLEUGH.

MADAM,

HAVING obtained your

Grace's

permission to dedicate to you the following juvenile performance, which I have acknow

ledged to be rather "a candidate for favor

than for fame," I feel it necessary to account to the world for the presumption of laying at YOUR feet so simple and unpretending an offering.

The native of a part of the kingdom which owes the embellishment of its natural beau

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