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MARQUIS OF STAFFORD, K. G. &c. &c.
The dedication of a Work, which consists chiefly of materials interesting to curiosity and subservient to useful criticism, will not, it is hoped, be thought obtrusive. What respects the reformers of our language, and the fathers of our poetry, may be inscribed, I trust, with absolute propriety, to him who is the friend of Literature and the head of the illustrious House of Gower. To these motives of thus addressing your Lordship, must be added the wish of gratitude to acknowledge benefits received. From your Lordship’s Manuscripts many of these materials, by your permission, have been copied. While I have this opportunity to own publickly so important an obligation, I am proud to record it as an addition to various acts of kindness from your Lordship towards me; and I have the, honour to subscribe myself,
vi, line 10, read with those to which &c. 109, 9, for talbot read a gower, i.e. a wolf-dog. 146, 6, read no man
2, read He bad 217, 15, read Forshronke
for 1554 read 1553.