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How far this virtue of your's has hitherto been extended towards those
for whose instruction and delight the book was originally written, no one, who has ever seen the waters of Chilton, or heard with what care and expence they are preserved, can be ignoranț. And, as this solicitude, for the mere amusement of anglers, very
small and inconsiderable part of mankind, is a peculiar strain of beneficence, so it affords a probable ground to hope, that a treatise on the art itself, written with so much
judgment and ingenuity, and containing such abundant instruction and innocent entertainment as this
does, can hardly fail of a favourable reception.
Next to the satisfaction of having
restored to the world fo valuable a
work, and having performed for Mr. Walton, an office he had frequently so well discharged for others, and which, for the honour of his me
mory, I could wish had been
undertaken by some abler hand, I feel none greater, than the occasion
it now gives me, of testifying my gratitude, for the obligations I have received from you, and, of sub scribing myself,
Your most obedient Servant,
Twickenham, loth April, 1760.
AD VERTISEMEN T.
THE COMPLETE ANGLER baving
been written so long ago as 1653, although the last publication thereof in the lifetime of the authors, was in 1676, contains many particulars of persons, now but little known, and frequent allusions to facts, and even modes of living, the memory whereof is in a great measure obliterated: a new edition therefore seemed to require a retrospect to the time when the authors lived; an explanation of such pasages, as an interval of more than an hundred
years had necessarily rendered obscure ; together with such improvements in the art itself, as the accumulated experience of fucceeding times has enabled us to furnish.
An edition, undertaken with this view, is now attempted, and in a way, it is to be hoped, that may once again introduce the authors to