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VICAR OF THE UNITED PARISH ES of ClONCURRY
AND KILCOCK, IN THE DIOCESE OF KILDARE.
δια τεθ' ησυχασέον, αλλ ένεκα τα θεοφιλες και υπερ
DU B L I N:
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR
BY JOHN HALPEN, NO. 55, HENRY-STREET,
D E DI CA TI O N.
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
LORD VISCOUNT LEWISHAM,
LORD WARDEN OF THE STANNARIES, AND PRESI
DENT OF THE LINNÆAN SOCIETY.
MY LORD, It is not arising from a vain presumption of any literary merit in this work, which could possibly recommend it to your Lordship’s patronage, that I take the liberty of this Dedication ; neither is it in order to offer up the vain incense of adulation, which would be the more disgusting, where every real virtue, which alone can add true nobility to the mind of man,
is conspicuously exemplified, in a life of pure Benevolence, and unsullied morality : but the Author's principal motive is, to express in the most public manner, his grateful acknowledgments for those kind attentions which were paid to him, while residing two years at Hayes, for the recovery of his health, during which time, the following Sketches were the principal amusement of
your lordship's most obliged
and faithful servant,