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SUBSCRIPTIONS are received by J. JOHNSON,
in St. Paul's Church-Yard.
I. The Work will be printed on a new Letter, in two large Volumes in Quarto.
II. The Price will be Three Guineas for the Royal Paper, and two Guineas for the Common Paper, in boards; half to be paid at the time of fubfcribing, and the other half on delivery of the work, which will be put to prefs as foon as
Three Hundred Subfcribers have fent in their names.
III. Subfcribers names will be printed, unless forbid.
WILLIAM CO W PER,
OF THE INNER TEMPLE, ESQ
VOLUME THE SECOND.
The HISTORY of JOHN GILPIN.
Fit furculus arbor.
An EPISTLE to JOSEPH HILL, ESQ:
TIROCINIUM, or a REVIEW of SCHOOLS.
THE SECOND EDITION.
PRINTED FOR J. JOHNSON, N° 72, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD. 1786.
HE hiftory of the following production is briefly this. A lady, fond of blank verfe, demanded a poem of that kind from the author, and gave him the SOFA for a fubject. He obeyed; and having much leifure, connected another subject with it; and pursuing the train of thought to which his fituation and turn of mind led him, brought forth at length, instead of the trifle which he at first intended, a ferious affair-a Volume.
In the poem, on the fubject of Education, he would be very forry to ftand fufpected of having aimed his cenfure 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 manage them, and an omiffion even of fuch dif
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cipline as they are fufceptible of, the objects are yet too numerous for minute attention; and the aching hearts of ten thousand parents mourning under the bittereft of all difappointments, atteft the truth of the allegation. His quarrel therefore is with the mischief at large, and not with any particular inftance of it.