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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

SIR BENJAMIN BLOOMFIELD,

&c. &c. &c.

 

My dear Sir,

In availing myself of the permission, so kindly given, to dedicate to you this Volume, it were an equal want of good feeling as of good taste, to repeat those praises which the general voice of the nation has long pronounced upon your public character; but I may be allowed to state, with conscious pride, that in early life, when Cadets at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, you were my guide, my leader, and my friend; and it is a great pleasure to me to know that you also can look back with pleasure to our intimacy in those times,

"memor
"Actæ non alio rege puertiæ,
"Mutatæque simul togæ."

I have the honour to be,
With the profoundest respect,
Your devoted and humble Servant,
GEORGE W. MANBY.

Barracks at Yarmouth,

July 19, 1822.