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TO MISS COTTON, OF MADINGLEY.
You may remember, Miss Cotton, that, after one of our pleasant dinners at Madingley, you asked me, while we were sitting round our evening fire, what particulars I could recollect of Mr. Sheridan, to whose son you told me you understood I had been tutor.
In the morning, at breakfast, you were pleased to say that the company had been much obliged to you for the entertainment you had thus procured them.
As I walked home to my College, it struck me, that what appeared to have been entertaining to you, might be so to others; and in this hope I drew up the Memoir, which I have now ventured to print, though not to publish ; and I dedicate it to you, because it is owing to you that it was ever written.
At the same time, I am happy to take this opportunity of acknowledging the pleasant hours which, in