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HOWEVER painful it may be to a modest mind to obtrude itself, and its concerns, on the notice of the public-and still more painful to enter into details, which may excite a disagreeable sensation in any of the human kind-yet, circumstances frequently occur, in life, from which such details become a duty, to self, to society, to truth, justice, and honor. In such circumstances, for several years past, I have felt myself unfortunately placed. Had these ceased to operate, perhaps, I should never have taken up my pen to record them; most assuredly, I would never have exposed them to public animadversion. But, as this has not been the case, and even now is not, I flatter myself that I shall not be deemed unjustifiable, after a long forbearance, in presenting them to the eyes of my countrymen; and, from past experience, I feel emboldened to confide in their candor, and hope for their indulgence.
As this detail will principally consist of grievances, severe in their pressure, extensive in their operation, and of long continuance, it will naturally be supposed that the criminality
Page 3, line 22—for Luchman, read Leechman.
for Mr. Cluncy, read Mr. Cluney.
line 23—for insiduous, read insidious, Page
line 25--for the, read to.. Page 245, line for constrained, read overstrained.
Let not the préceding long list of errata be imputed to the printer. From my incapacity of writing plain, for several months, and the ima possibility of my attending the press, less could not be expected many errors in pointing, for the same reasons, were unavoidable, as will appear to the readers.
W, S. D.