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ALL THE TALENTS.
My LORDS AND GENTLEMEN,
NOTWITHSTANDING the affir
mation of Polypus, I have thought fit to inscribe the ensuing pages to you, since in opposition to the author of The Talents I do conceive that I may accomplish my dedication without being branded with the opprobrious stigma of flattery,
than which there does not exist in
my estimation a more despicable vice, and one more deserving the severest lash of reproof.
With respect to impressing into my service an high sounding title, in order to usher my production into publicity, I cannot (should such a requisite be essential) have made a selection more appropriate than the above, wherein concentrates every attribute calculated to awaken the love and veneration of the truly enlightened understanding
Sapiens dominabitur astris.