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Librain Baker 8-5-27 15399 .
MY DEAR MADAM,
It was at your suggestion I first conceived the idea of writing a Tragedy; I have, therefore, some claim to be allowed the liberty which I now take, in thus publicly addressing to you the following attempt in that species of composition.
I should, perhaps, hesitate to offer to you a production which makes its appearance under the discredit of official censure, if I did not know that to all the gentler virtues and graces which can adorn
your own sex, you add the firmness which belongs to ours: “Alasco” will not find less favor in your eyes, because he is an object of persecution.
If, under the impulse which you communicated, I have been guilty of offence, it will have been the first instance