With the exception of Appendix III, the following Essay is substantially the same as that which gained the Stanhope Prize. The letters from Mrs. Sheridan to Mrs. Canning were most kindly lent me by Mrs. A. J. Butler, of Weybridge. I would take this opportunity of thanking her for her permission to reproduce them. M. T. H. S. Weybridge,
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