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In dedicating this “ HISTORY of CULTIVATED VEGETABLES” to Your MAJESTY, the Author is sensible that the condescension of the SOVEREIGN, in accepting so humble a tribute, will be far more conspicuous than the ability of the Subject by whom it is offered.

However deficient the Writer may be in the

graces of style, he is not without a due sense of the advantages with which a high state of Cultivation has blessed these kingdoms. Under the liberal Patronage of Your MAJESTY, and your Illustrious Predecessor, the Arts of Agriculture and Horticulture have advanced towards perfection with a rapidity unparalleled in the history of any other nation, ancient or modern.

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