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also, you have a peculiar claim, - for several of the best pieces were composed under the shade of your own groves, upon the classic ground of Coleorton; where I was animated by the recollection of those illustrious Poets of your Name and Family, who were born in that neighbourhood; and, we may be assured, did not wander with indifference by the dashing stream of Grace Dieu, and among the rocks that diversify the forest of Charnwood. — Nor is there any one to whom such parts of this Collection as have been inspired or coloured by the beautiful Country from which I now address you, could be presented with more propriety than to yourself - who have composed so many admirable Pictures from the suggestions of the same scenery. Early in life, the sublimity and beauty of this Region excited your admiration; and I know
that you are bound to it in mind by a stillstrengthening attachment.
Wishing and hoping that this Work, with the embellishments it has received from your Pencil *, may survive as a lasting memorial of a friendship, which I reckon among the blessings of my life,
I have the honour to be,
Rydal Mount, WESTMORELAND,
February 1. 1815.
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