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construction. If any man should affect to see more deeply into my bosom than I profess to see myself; or to detect an ambush of mischief which I have been studious to cover
from observation, that man will be the ob
ject, not of my resentment, but of my pity. I shall be assured that he suffers the infliction of a perverted head or a corrupt heart, and to that I shall contentedly resign him after expressing a simple perhaps, but certainly a sincere wish for his relief from what may justly be considered as the severest of human evils.
I belong to a fallible species, and am, probably, to be numbered with the most fallible of its individuals: but I am superior to fraud, and am too proud for concealment. TRUTH, religious, moral, and political, is what alone, I profess to pursue; and if I fancied that I discerned this prime object of my regard by the side of the Mufti or the grand Lama, of the wild demagogues of Athens or the ferocious tribunes of Rome, I would instantly recognise and embrace her. As I find her, b
however, or find a strong and bright resem-
the FREE CHOICE OF THE PEOPLE, to the Sovereign, who now wields the imperial sceptre of Britain.
AUG. 4, 1804.
The general correctness of Mr. Bensley's press has superseded
To the memory
my most dear and accomplished Son,
by the co-operation of whose fine mind and perfect taste I have been largely benefitted as a writer,
and to the contemplation of whose piety and virtues,
THIS LIFE OF MILTON;
which, as it grew under his eye,
and was favoured with his regard,
cannot be without value in my partial estimation.
On the 23d of May, 1805,
before he had completed his twenty-second year,
in requital of a pure life,
the mercy of an early death.