To Miſs Austen


Encouraged by your warm patronageof The beautiful Caſsandra, and The History of England, which through your generous sup::port, have obtained a place in every li::brary in the Kingdom, and run throughthreescore Editions, I take the liberty of beg::ging the same Exertions in favour of thefollowing Novel, which I humbly flattermyself, poſseſses Merit beyond any already published, or any that will ever in future appear, except such as may proceed from thepen of Your Most Grateful Humble Serv:tServant

The Author

Steventon August 1792
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