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Bibliotheca Lusitana ;
BOOKS AND TRACTS,
RELATING TO THE
HISTORY, LITERATURE, AND POETRY,
FORMING PART OF THE LIBRARY
JOHN ADAMSON, M. R. S. L., F. S. A., F. L. S.,
CORRESP. MEMB. ROY. ACAD. OF SCIENCES OF LISBON, &c.
258. b. 1.
THE Possessor of this Collection having been sent to Portugal, in early youth, with an intention of his being a permanent resident at Lisbon, acquired a knowledge of the language, and became acquainted with the works of some of the authors of that country. The unpleasant aspect of affairs, however, from the meditated invasion by France, which was afterwards made, altered his views in life, and he returned to England. At that time the literature of Portugal was little known, and access to books could only be had through the kindness of a few individuals, or, by obtaining their perusal in the public libraries.
Although obliged to quit the country, he retained a wish to prosecute his studies, and was much indebted for the facilities which were afforded him, particularly at Buckingham House, by his Majesty's Librarian, and by Mr. Southey, Mr. Heber, and Mr. Gooden, who kindly assisted him.
The Publication of the Translation of the Play of Dona Ignez de Castro, and of the Memoirs of the Life and Writ