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ASTOR, LENOX ANI ILDEN FOUNDATIONS
T. BENSLEY, PRINTER, BOLT COURT, FLEST STREET, LONDON.
JOSEPH ATKINSON, ESQ.
TREASURER OF THE ORDNANCE IN IRELAND,
MY DEAR SIR,
In the rites of Heathen
piety we are told that a Dove was propitiously received where the ability of the votarist was inadequate to an Hecatomb. Suffer me then to believe that in friend
ship, as in religion, the motive, not the
value, of an offering propitiates its acceptance; and that this little volume will be estimated by you, not according to its own worth, but according to that sentiment with which it is presented by ME At some distant day I might solicit your attention to some less “ IDLE vision;" but the ardour of gratitude spurns the cold delay of protracted intention, while its impatient feelings call for an immediate avowal. I have therefore seized on
this opportunity, not as the happiest, but the first that occurs of publicly acknowledging the many acts of disinterested friendship I have received from your kindness, and of assuring you that I am,