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It is not usual to write long prefaces; and if it were, no one would read them: but still it is proper for the Author to explain to his readers the nature of his undertaking.
The present work has been made as interesting as possible, by a great number of anecdotes, quotations, and facts; all illustrating, in some respect, the great principles of human action and human happiness.
The Author has not, generally, given a reference to the works from which his quotations have been taken, because the quotations are so numerous, that it would have occasioned much trouble to the printer, and little profit to the reader. He has, however, made a distinction between his own. thoughts and those of others, by invariably acknowledging the latter.