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WILLIAM GIFFORD, ESQ.
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THE EIGHTH EDITION.
PRINTED FOR JOHN MURRAY, FLEET-STREET;
W. BLACKWOOD, EDINBURGH ;
JOHN HOPPNER, Esq. R. A.
THE FOLLOWING POEMS
AS A TRIFLING BUT GRATEFUL TESTIMONY
MOST FAITHFUL FRIEND
PUBLISHER TO THE READER.
ABOUT five years ago, I purchased of the Proprietor, (Mr. W. of Piccadilly,) the Copyright of the Baviad and Mæviad.
As the Work was frequently called for, I was desirous of sending it to the press; and accordingly applied, as a customary mark of attention, to the Author for his consent and co-operation, neither of which he was, at that time, inclined to give. As the demand for the Poem became more importunate, I renewed my applications ; when he told me, that “reasons of a personal nature forbad “ his assistance; but that, if I was determined to “ reprint it,” (which I was fully intitled to do,) “ he would furnish me with his Copy for the purpose."
In this, besides a number of verbal emendations, I had the pleasure to find an additional