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DEDICATED TO

SIR JOHN BAYLEY, BART.,

(R. Y. S. C. NYMPH,)

BY

AN OLD FRIEND.

LONDON AND LIVERPOOL AT TABLE.

PART FIRST.

THE events connected with the Great Exhibition of 1851 will no doubt be described by the writers of history as amongst the most remarkable in the annals of the day. Tens of thousands, not only of our country population, but of foreigners, will be attracted to this Monster Cosmopolitan Polytechnic ;-even Stoics will be drawn to the magic scene, in imitation of Socrates, who when once detected at a great "Fair,” excused himself by saying “he only came to see how many things there were in the world he did not require."

It is to be hoped that, however unfavourably at present the productions of our own artisans may contrast with the gorgeous fabrics of other nations, the morals of the people of England will attract the marked commendation of strangers, and that ultimately the industry and welfare of the country will be promoted.

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