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The formatting of the notes at the sacred-texts.com version is in the form of chapter endnotes,incorporating all of the individual footnotes together. I have rearranged them into their proper place, i.e.at the bottom of their respective pages.
TO THE RIGHT HONORABLEWILLIAM WYNDHAMSECRETARY AT WAR. &c. as &e. SIR,It was with great ƒatisfaction that I learned from a Friend that you coincided with me inthe opinion, that the information contained in this performance would make a uƒefulimpreƒƒion on the minds of my Countrymen.I have preƒumed to inƒcribe it with your Name, that I may publicly espreƒs the pleaƒurewhich I felt, when I found that neither a ƒeparation for thirty years, nor the preƒƒure of the moƒt important buƒineƒs, had effaced your kind remembrance of a CollegeAcquaintance, or abated that obliging and polite attention with which you favored au inthoƒe early days of life.The friendƒhip of the accompliƒhed and the worthy is the higheƒt honor; and to him whois cut off, by want of health, from almoƒt every other enjoyment, it is an ineƒtimablebleƒƒing. Accept, therefore, I pray, of my grateful acknowledgements, and of my earneƒtwiƒhes for your Health, Proƒperity, and increaƒing Honor.With ƒentiments of the greateƒt Eƒteem and Reƒpect,I am,SIR,Your moƒt obedient,and moƒt humble Servant,JOHN ROBISON.EDINBURGHSeptember 5, 1797.QUOD ƒi quis verâ vitam ratione gubernet,Divitiæ grandes homini ƒunt, vivere parcèÆquo anima: neque enim eƒt unquam penuria parvi,At claros ƒe homines voluêrunt atque potentes,Ut fundamento: ƒtabili fortuna maneres,