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Conclusion, with the particulars of Mr. Gray's death.-His cha
racter by another hand, and some annotations on it by the Editor
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MINE, you are to know, is a white Melancholy, or rather Leucocholy for the most part; which, though it seldom laughs or dances, nor ever amounts to what one calls Joy or Pleasure, yet is a good easy sort of a state, and ça ne laisse
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