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HIS DISCOURSES, IN FOUR BOOKS,
PRESERVED BY ARRIAN,
Translated from the Original Greek,
AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES,
BY THE TRANSLATOR.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON, No. 62, ST. PAUL'S
THE great demand for the excellent Work, of which the fourth Edition is now offered to the Public, having occasioned it to be almost, if not entirely, out of print; it was thought proper to publish another Edition of it, nearly in the same form as the two last. In this are given some additional Notes, as well as alterations of the Text, written by the Translator on the margin of her own original copy, now in my possession, and which have never appeared before. These, though not very numerous, must be considered as valuable, being the fruits of long study, and of a most pious mind.
In the Memoirs of Mrs. Carter, now in the Press, a particular account is given of the circumstances which occasioned this Translation; of its merits little need now be said, as the judgment of the best Scholars has so fully coincided with the opinion of the Public in general concerning it. Yet however well deserved may be the fame of the Stoic Philosopher himself, the Introduction and Notes of his Christian Translator are, in the estimation of most Readers, not the least valuable parts of the Work. And this was also the opinion of the late Archbishop Secker, non sordidus auctor naturæ verique, who, though he thought very highly of the philosophy of Epictetus, considered the Introduction and Notes as admirably calculated to prevent any mistakes concerning it, as well as to amend, and instruct the World. Such at least, and such only, were the views of the Author of them; who during the course of
her long life, undertook no work, engaged in no pursuit but what tended to the glory of God, and the good of her fellow-creatures. She is gone to reap the reward of her virtues, but her writings and example remain ; and happy will they be who make that use of them for which they were designed.
NORTHBOURN, March 30th, 1807.