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Or, The SOURCE of the
Disorders of GREAT BRITAIN.

BEING

An ESSAY towards proving, that the Im-
morality, Ignorance, and false Taste, which fo
generally prevail, are the natural and necessary
Confequences of the prefent defective SYSTEM
of EDUCATION.

WITH

An Attempt to fhew, that a Revival of the ART of
SPEAKING, and the STUDY OF OUR OWN LANGUAGE,
might contribute, in a great meafure, to the Cure of
thofe EVILS.

IN THREE PARTS.

1. Of the Ufe of thefe Studies
to RELIGION, and MORA-
LITY; as also, to the Sup-
port of the BRITISH CON-

STITUTION.

II. Their abfolute Neceffity in

order to refine, afcertain,
and fix the ENGLISH LAN-
GUAGE.

III. Their Ufe in the Cultiva-

tion of the IMITATIVE
ARTS: fhewing, that were
the STUDY of ORATORY
made a neceffary Branch of
the EDUCATION of YOUTH,
POETRY, MUSIC, PAINT-
ING, and SCULPTURE, might
arrive at as high a Pitch of
Perfection in ENGLAND, as
ever they did in ATHENS or
ROME.

By THOMAS SHERIDAN, A. M.

Hoc opus, hoc ftudium, parvi properemus, et ampli,
Si volumus patriæ, fi nobis vivere chari.

DUBLIN:

HOR.

Printed by GEORGE FAULKNER in Effex-Street..

M,DCC,LVI.

on these occafions; but merely from a regard to propriety. As I do not confider this in it's effential parts to be of the nature of dedications, as I have none of their ufual ends in view, neither have I observed any of the usual forms. I have afked no permiffion to prefix your Lordship's name; I have prepared no gilded book with Turky cover to be presented with one hand, whilft the other is held open to receive the fordid wages of adulation: I shall not pretend to sketch out your character, which I confefs is far above my abilities; I have no thoughts of doing you honour, which in me would be the height of prefumption; I have no expectation of deriving any to myself from prefixing your name, fince the fcandalous abuses of a cuftom, originally well founded, have put an end to all fuch power, even in names of highest merit,

My Lord, as a fubject of Great Britain, I claim a privilege to addrefs You, as a patriot, upon a point which concerns the public good. Nor is it in my own name only I prefume to claim this privilege; it is, mý

Lord,

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