The difficulties which an Author, under my circumstances, has to contend with — born in obscurity, and never emerging beyond the lower stations in life — must have been an insurmountable bar to the publication of the following POEMS, had not the approbation and zeal of some particular friends to serve me, been exerted in a manner which demands my most thankful acknowledgments, and with a success which I had little reason to suspect. Nothing could have added more to the satisfaction which I have felt from their flattering efforts, than the permission which I have obtained of prefixing your name to them. This honour from a Gentleman so distinguished for literary, as well as every other polite accomplishment, will, I trust, ensure me the candour, if not the attention of the Public.
With the greatest respect,
Your most obedient,