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A BRIEF ACCOUNT
LIVES AND WRITINGS
OF THE MOST
By STEPHEN ONES.
THE FIFTH EDITION, ENLARGED:
With considerable Additions,
“No species of writing seems more worthy of cultivation than BIOGRAPHY,
VERNOR AND HOUD ; AND
I cannot suffer a Fifth Edition of this Biography in Miniature to meet the public eye, without avowing 'the grateful sentiments that are impressed on my mind by the very flattering manner in which the former Editions have been received and recommended.
While thus acknowledging my obligations to the Public for its candour, I cannot 'be unmindful of the liberality of numerous literary characters, and other gentlemen, by whose communications or hints I have from time to time been assisted to bring this little Compendium to its present comparative state of correctness and authenticity: the highest points at which such a work can aim. My thanks are particularly due to the following gentlemen :
John ROGERS, Esq. of Yarlington Lodge, near
WILLIAM BOSCAWEN, Esq. the translator of Horace.
Isaac RIED, Esq. of Staple Inn; whose valuable assistance in literary researches, it is well known, is never solicited in vain.
Mr. WILLIAM BUTLER, Oxford-court, Cannonstreet; whose friendly zeal has not been behind-hand with his well-known ability to aid such an undertaking.
Mr. TOMKINS; scarcely less distinguished as an amateur of the Arts in general, than for his matchless skill in that of Ornamental Penmanship.
JAMES ROBSON, Esq. Conduit-street.
NATHANIEL CONANT, Esq. Great Marlboroughstreet.
John Nichols, Esq. the indefatigable illustrato; of the History of Leicestershire ; and other branches of useful and polite literature : to whom BRITISH BIOGRAPHY, in particular, certainly owes more than to any other individual writer of the last century.
WILLIAM PRESTON, Esq. the ingenious expounder of the principles and practices of Free Masonry : a name highly venerated by the genuine professors of that ancient and moral Order; “ instituted (as a Dutch writer says) by virtuous men, with the praiseworthy design of recalling to our remembrance the most sublime truths, in the midst of the most innocent and social pleasures, founded on liberality, brotherly love, and charity.”.
ISAAC SWAINSON, Esq. Frith-street, Soho.
W11. LIAM MARSHALL, Esq. the intelligent investigator of “ The Rural Economy Great Britain."
Arnold, in his Dutch Dictionary.