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SIR GEORGE CLERK, of PENNYCUIck, BART., M.P., F.R.S.,
ONE OF THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF THE ADMIRALTY, &c., &c., &c.
SIR, THE following Work, which you have allowed me the honour of inscribing to you, is intended to promote the purposes of useful instruction, and the advancement of practical science; and it is therefore confined to subjects having a direct utility in the business of life. THough I am aware that no patronage can materially influence the success of a Work of this nature, which must depend upon its merits alone; yet I have been solicitous to inscribe it to you, in the hope, that practical men, in search of useful knowledge, may be induced to consult a Book sanctioned by a name intimately connected with many recent scientific improvements; and I confidently trust, that a reference to the volume itself will prove that your obliging permission has not
been undeservedly bestowed.
I have the honour to be,
Your most obedient servant,
EDINBURGH, Nov., 1826.