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The First, Second, Third, and Fourth,
Printed for Harrison and C:
N.18, Paternoster Row.
SIR CHARLES GRANDISON.
A SERIES OF LETTERS,
BY MR. SAMUEL RICHARDSON.
IN SEVEN VOLUMES.
L O N D ON:
HE Editor of the following Letters takes leave to obferve, that
he has now, in this publication, compleated the plan that was the object of his wishes, rather than of his hopes, to accomplish.
The first collection which he published, intituled Pamela, exhi. bited the beauty and superiority of virtue, in an innocent and unpolished mind, with the reward which often, even in this life, prote&ting Providence bestows on goodness. A young woman, of low degree, relating to her honest parents the severe trials she met with from a matter who ought to have been the protector, not the affailer of her honour, Thews the character of a libertine in it's truly contempti. ble light. This libertine, however, from the foundation of good principles laid in his early years by an excellent mother; by his pallion for a virtuous young woman, and by her amiable example and un. wearied patience when she became his wife; is, after a length of time, perfedly reclaimed.
The second collection, published under the title of CLARISSA, displayed a more melancholy scene. A young lady of higher fortune, and born to happier hopes, is seen involved in such a variety of deep distresses, as lead her to an untimely death; affording a warning to parents against forcing the inclinations of their children in the moft important article of their lives; and to children against hoping too far from the fairest assurances of a man void of principle. The he. roine, however, as a truly Chriflian heroine, proves superior to her trials; and her heart, always excellent, refined, and exalted by every one of them, rejoices in the approach of a happy eternity. Her cruel destroyer appears wretched and disappointed, even in the boasted success of his vile machinations : but still (buoyed up with self-con. ceit and vain presumption) he goes on, after every short fit of im. perfect, yet terrifying conviction, hardening himself more and more; till, unreclaimed by the moft affeting warnings and repeated admonitions, he perishes miserably in the bloom of life, and links into the grave, oppressed with guilt, remorse, and horror. His letters, it is hoped, afford many useful lessons to the gay part of mankind against that misuse of wit and youth, of rank and fortune, and of every outward accomplishment, which turns them into a curse to the misés rable possessor, as well as to all around him.
Here the Editor apprehended he should be obliged to stop, by reason of his precarious state of health, and a variety of avocations which claimed his first attention: but it was insisted on by several of his friends, who were well asíured he had the materials in his power, that he should produce into publick view the character and actions of a man of TRUE HONOUR.
He has been enabled to obey these his friends, and to compleat his trt delign: and now, therefore, presents to the publick, in Sir