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“ There is scarce truth enough alive to make societies secure, but security enough to make fellowships accursed ; much upon this riddle runs the wisdom of the world. This news is old enough yet it is every day's news."-SRAKSPEARE.
IN THREE VOLUMES
LONDON. RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET
THE AUTHOR'S APOLOGY.
I did not think
Thus I set pen to paper with delight,
This Apology for a Book, which has given comfort and delight to millions, is perhaps presumptuously prefixed to the following pages-not as being intended to mean that the author supposes there is a shadow of resemblance between the immortal That, and the ephemeral This, but as expressing in simple truth, the rise and progress of “Concealment.”
Twas that delightful season when the broom
It was early in June, when a day of gentle showers had been succeeded by an evening of bright and glistering beauty, that two friends went forth together to partake of the general gladness of nature, and to contribute their offering of intelligent admiration, to that ins