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a juft pi&ture of a man so calm, as to be injured by fraud and offended by folly, I and who fhalt yet preserve his equality 1 of temper. I b fuspect that in many inistances my Hero forgets his pretensions, and has no claim to the character of a Philosopher; that, however, will prove only that the title of my book is a misI

nomer, the book itself will be no worse.' to bonbardhen 10 ton ot bi sli My orig

original plan differed materially from that I have executed; why I changed it is not now material but as I once Before heard the charge of plagiarism (which however is fometimes paffed over * to a wonderful degree by the Critics) and as a general accufation of that fort is Perhaps fometimes made, because it faves

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omore difcriminating criticism, I may just mention, that the incident of the confinement in a mad house of one of my schara&ters was designed before I law the sfragment of “The Wrongs of Woman;' byt a Writer whole talents I greatly ho

noured, and whoses untimely death. I - deeplyri regret ret from her I thould not blulho to borrow, and if I had done fo I

would have acknowledged itvi coil on 97019 lin 7979wo. They Dog!! ziar I, had intended to add a few words on the taste, that seems at present to prevail in regard to works of this kind, and of my doubts whether a Novel representing - only scenes of modern life and pollible sevents, may not be accounted of the old srifchool, and create less interest than the iswild, the terrible, and the supernatural; b but as I have for some time meditated a zi more confiderable examination of the subject than can be included in a Preface, I

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will now content myself with declaring against the injustice of inferences, frequently drawn by the Reader, in regard to the Author of such books as these; I mean their appropriating to him or her as individuals, sentiments and opinions given to any of the characters intended to be described as amiable. There may be' many traits, many ideas, and even many prejudices, which may be necessary to support or render these characters natural, that are by no means those of the compofer of the book; I declare there fore against the conclusion, that I think either like Glenmorris or Armitage, or any other of my perfonages.

-To thoferwho are of opinion that some
moral is necessary to a Novel, I may say,
that
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intention in this has been to ex pose the ill consequences of detraction to thew the fad effects of parental resent

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ment, and the triumph of fortitude in the daughter, while too acute sensibility, too hastily, indulged, is the source of much unhappiness to the mother. But as no diftreffes can be created without such men, as in the present state of society stand in place of the giants, and necromancers, and ogers of ancient romance, men whose profession empowers them to perpetrate, and whose inclination generally prompts them to the perpetration of wickedness, I have made these drawings a little like people of that fort whom I have seen, certain that nothing I could imagine would be so correct, when legal collusion and professional oppression were to be represented. If altogether the story is not uninteresting, and is relieved with such ornaments as a very flight knowledge of natural history, and a minor talent for short pieces of poetry, have enabled me to give it, I

trust,

trust this latest attempt, and one that has not cost me the least pains among my various labours, will not be less favourably received than the greater part of those which have preceded it.

CHARLOTTE SMITH.

London, June 6th, 1798.

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