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LETTERS

TO

CHARLES BUTLER, Esq.

COMPRISING

ESSAYS ON THE ROMISH RELIGION

AND VINDICATING

The Book of the Church.

BY

ROBERT SOUTHEY, Esq. LL.D.

POET LAUREATE,

HONORARY MEMBER OF THE ROYAL SPANISH ACADEMY, OF THE ROYAL SPANISH ACADEMY OF HISTORY,
OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF THE NETHERLANDS, OF THE CYMMRODORION, OF THE MASSA-
CHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY, OF THE AMERICAN ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY,
OF THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY, OF THE BRISTOL PHILOSOPHICAL
AND LITERARY SOCIETY, OF THE METROPOLITAN
INSTITUTION, OF THE PHILOMATHIC

INSTITUTION, &c.

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE-STREET.

MDCCCXXVI.

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The more wit they have spent,
The less they shew'd; not bettering their bad cause.

DANIEL's Musophilus.

LONDON:
PRINTED BY C. ROWORTH, BELL YARD,

TEMPLE BAR.

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