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SAMUEL ROGERS, Esq.
SIR, In begging you to accept the dedication of this work, I am influenced by a feeling of gratitude, due to those who have contributed by their productions to improve and elevate our sentiments in early life, and by the consideration that 66 Lives of the Italian Poets” could not be more appropriately dedicated than to a poet, and one who has sung of “ Italy” in strains so deeply imbued as your’s with the native elegance of her Muse.
With these feelings I lay my work before you, happy that, in so doing, I have an opportunity of expressing publicly the admiration and respect I have long entertained for your name and genius.
London, Dec. 28th, 1830.