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THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
THE EARL OF CHICHESTER,
&c. &c. &c.
WHEN I solicited your Lordship's permission to dedicate to you this Translation of the Lusiad of Camoens, I was less ambitious of the very high and flattering distinction of gracing these humble pages with an illustrious and universally respected name, than desirous of your acceptance of this production as a simple and unfeignedly sincere testimony of my gratitude to you for numberless acts of unbounded kindness, which have most essentially and permanently promoted my welfare.
I can never sufficiently thank your Lordship for your generous and friendly solicitude for my best interests; and if I feel myself incapable of duly expressing to you my deep sense of the many and great obligations which you have conferred on me, this failure is to be attributed to the difficulty of conveying, by any senti