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The Author avails himself of this occasion respectfully to render his humble acknowledgments to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty for the assistance they have accorded to him at all times during the compilation of this work. He likewise desires to record his grateful thanks to Captain W. A. B. Hamilton, their lordships' secretary, who, amidst the laborious and multifarious duties attached to his important station, has always patiently and courteously aided, with his professional and official knowledge, in the elucidation of many of the intricate subjects noticed in this Treatise.
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