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TO JOHN AIKIN, M.D.
THE REVERED PARENT, DELIGHTFUL TEACHER
AND INDULGENT FRIEND,
WHOSE JUDGEMENT HAS BEEN HER SUREST GUIDE
IN THOSE STUDIES WHICH HIS EXAMPLE
INCITED HER TO PURSUE,
HIS DAUGHTER INSCRIBES THIS BOOK
IN AFFECTIONATE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
NOT TO BE REPAID.
IN offering to the public the following work, the author deems it unnecessary to detain her readers with any preliminary remarks respecting its design or the mode of its execution. She has only to announce, that it is intended as a sequel to her Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth; and to express her hope that the indulgence which has attended her former labors will not be found to have deserted her on the present occasion, when many circumstances, some of them connected with the subject of these pages, others of a personal nature, conspire to increase her anxiety and her diffidence.