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ITIA

BY

WILLIAM COWPER,

OF THE INNER TEMPLE, ESQ.

IN TWO VOLUMIS,

VOL. II. m

Stereotype Edition.

LONDON:

STEREOTYPED AND PRINTED BY ANDREW WILSON,

Duke Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields:

FOR J. JOHNSON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD.

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In the Poem on the subject of Education, he would be very sorry to stand suspected of baving aimed bis censure at any particular school. His objections are such, as naturally apply themselves to schools in general. If there were not, as for the most part there is, wilful neglect in those who

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