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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

A. Conan Doyle


Tao Te Ching

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The Bhagavad Gita

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Some Experiences of an Irish R. M.

Edith Somerville and Martin Ross


Literary relics

by George Monck Berkeley

Excerpt:

THE QUEEN OF BOHEMIA.v
(^ BWIFTV BERKELEY^ ADDISON, STEELE,

CONGREVE, THE DUKE OF ORMOND,
^ AND BISHOP RUNDLE.

A* (* To which is prefixed,

AN INQUIRY

Into

THE LIFE OF DEAN SWIFT.

By GEORGE-MONCK BERKELEY, Esq.

L. L. B. IN THE UNIVERSITY OF DUBLIN, F.S.S. A.

A MEMBER OF ST. MARY MAGDALEN HALL.pXFORD,

AND OP THE INNER. TEMPLE, LONDON.

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LONDON:

Printed for T. Kay (late Elliot and Kay,) No. 332,
oppofite Somerset House, Strand;
And W.creech, Edinburgh.

M DCC XCII.

JOHN MONCK MASON,

ONE OF HIS MAJESTY'S MOST HONOURABLE

PRIVY COUNCIL IN THE KINGDOM OF IRELAND,

JLEPRE3ENTATIVE IN PARLIAMENT FOR THE BOROUGH

OF IRISH TOWN,

AND A COMMISSIONER OF THE CUSTOMS. &c.

My Dear Sir,

HAVING too much respect for your character, and too much regard for my own, to insult the one or debase the other by the meanness of dedication, I shall only trespass on your attention whilst I request your acceptance of this volume; and assure you that \t is with the greatest pleasure I embrace the opportunity now afforded me of testifying the sincerity and respect with which I remain,

My dear Sir,

Your much obliged

and very affectionate humble servant, George-monck Berkeley.

Dublin, Jan. 3. 1789.

PREFACE.

THERE are perhaps few things more agreeable to the generality of mankind, than to contemplate a great mind exerting itself with freedom ; neither courting applause nor dreading censure. Our pride is not a little gratified by seeing a Johnson or a Swift descending to the common level of mankind, and quitting for a while those heights to which their learning and genius have exalted them.

The following collection consists, for the most part, of letters written by men who in their day shone forth a constellation of wit and learning. They are now offered to the public, not as models of

epistolary epistolary style, but merely as so many relics of men from whose writings our ancestors derived at once amusement and instruction. Nor has the lapse of almost a century witnessed any decline in the reputation of those whose letters are now given to the public.

The first letters in this collection will by most readers be deemed highly valuable, as being the production of royalty ; and of royalty in such a situation, as to excite our pity without lessening our respect. They have also another recommendation ; they are addressed to the most splendid character of the age in which he lived, the great, the good Montrose *.

As,

* 'Xh\i illustrious man finished-his Career of glory in the 30th year of his age, when he was murdered by the Presbyterians. " After his death, the scaffold on '« which he suffered, and on which his body wa3 " mangled, was kept standing for two months, con*

" trary

As, in this age, the publication of spurious letters is an artifice by no means Unfrequently practised, I think it incumbent on me to prove the authenticity of the letters that compose the following collection.

The letters of the three crowned heads were copied by a friend of mine from the originals ; which, together with many others, were recently purchased from the widow of a respectable clergyman by the Marquis of Graham. Such of them as are now given to the public were copied before the originals were disposed of; and the reader will, I doubt not, join with me in regretting, that the friend to whom 1 am indebted for these did not take copies of more.


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