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GEO. B. WHITTAKER, AND J. W. NORIE & Co.,
LONDON.

1827. 0 EL

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To

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,
SIR,
With the utmost respect,

Your most obedient servant,

WILLIAM GALBRAITH.

EDINBURGH, Nov., 1826.

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