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As the plan pursued in the subsequent work is detailed in the first chapter, it would be superfluous to say any thing concerning it in this place. But there is another point on which the reader may wish for some explanation, before he enters on the perufal of the following pages. He will be aware that it can scarcely fall to the lot of any individual to attain to such a degree of personal knowledge of the habits, pursuits, and occupations of the different ranks and professions into which the higher and middle classes of society in this country are distributed, as to qualify him to delineate their respective duties with tolerable accuracy. And he may with justice expect to be informed whether the author of the present performance has enjoyed advantages of any kind, affording him a chance of accomplishing, in a satisfactory manner, the task which he has undertaken. It is therefore in.


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cumbent on me to state that I have en-
joyed, in carrying on the work, advan-
tages of such a nature as to leave me
almost without apology for the greater
part of its errors and imperfections. The
endeavours which I have studiously made
to derive intelligence from various quarters
respecting the feveral topics which I have
had to discuss, have been amply recom-
pensed. And in executing most of the
chapters appropriated to particular de-
fcriptions of men, and especially fome of
those chapters with the subjects of which
I was the least acquainted, I have been
fortunate enough to receive the unre-
served suggestions, advice, and animad-
versions of persons severally occupying
the station, or belonging to the profession
in question, and accustomed strictly to
consider its duties in a conscientious light.
Were I at liberty to mention the names to
which I allude, some of them would be
found in possession of no small share of
public respect and esteem.
Yoxall Lodge, near Lichfield,

Nov. 6th, 1794.

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of the British Constitution.

Tendency of Men to Social Union

9-II Simplicity of early Forms of Government exemplified

II-15 First General Principle of the British Conftitution 17, 18 State of popular Representation considered as to strict Justice

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Hereditary 48—53

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