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WILLIAM GIFFORD, ESQ.

SIR,

THE intent of this address is neither to pay you a compliment, nor to court your favour. The one you would despise, and of the other the writer has no need. But though praise may be beneath your notice, and personal motives are out of the question; this inscription conveys an eulogium of substantial value, since it is a call upon you for the application of great talents, and the employment of powerful means, in a cause worthy of your best exertions. Having aready contributed, perhaps

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