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WILLIAM HAZLITT.

Come, draw the cartas, shew the picture.'

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR WILLIAM HONE,

45, LUDGATE HILL.

1919.

To JOHN HUNT, Esq.

THE tried, steady, zealous, and conscientious advocate of the liberty of his country, and the rights of mankind ;

One of those few persons who are what they would be thought to be ; sincere without offence, firm but temperate ; uniting private worth to public principle ; a friend in need, a patriot without an eye to himself ; who never betrayed an individual or a cause he pretended to serve-in short, that rare character, a man of common sense and common honesty,

This volume is respectfully and gratefully

inscribed by

THE AUTHOR.

PRE FACE.

I am no politician, and still less can I be said to be a party-man : but I have a hatred of tyranny, and a contempt for its tools; and this feeling I have expressed as often and as strongly as I could. I cannot sit quietly down under the claims of barefaced power, and I have tried to expose the little arts of sophistry by which they are defended. I have no mind to have my person made a property of, nor my understanding made a dupe of. I deny that liberty and slavery are convertible terms, that right and wrong, truth and falsehood, plenty and famine, the comforts or wretchedness of a people, are matters of perfect indifference. That is all I know of the matter ; but on these points I am likely to remain incorrigible, in spite of any arguments that I have seen used to the contrary. It needs no sagacity to discover that two and two make four; but to persist in maintaining this obvious position, if all the fashion, authority, hypocrisy, and venality of mankind were arrayed against it, would require a considerable effort of personal courage, and would soon leave a man in a

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