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Or, The SOURCE of the
An ESSAY towards proving, that the Im-
An Attempt to fhew, that a Revival of the ART of
IN THREE PARTS.
1. Of the Ufe of thefe Studies
II. Their abfolute Neceffity in
order to refine, afcertain,
III. Their Ufe in the Cultiva-
tion of the IMITATIVE
By THOMAS SHERIDAN, A. M.
Hoc opus, hoc ftudium, parvi properemus, et ampli,
Printed by GEORGE FAULKNER in Effex-Street..
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