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IT is not intended to detain the Reader by a long Preface. If the Work submitted to his notice be worthy of approbation, it will be conceded without solicitation; if not, the Author would disdain to seek from favour that which justice should deny. With regard to the assistance which he has received from friends and others, all such instances are noticed, as he hopes, with a proper sense of gratitude, in the several pages where they occur. His opinions throughout have been expressed freely and conscientiously, but without bigotry; since he is very ready to acknowledge the weakness of human judgment, and will be as anxious to retract an error, as he would be averse to supporting any doctrine or position from interested and selfish motives. He has long wished to
fulfil his engagement in the publication of these volumes, that he might give a more exclusive attention to studies connected with a profession adopted subsequently to his Travels; but that wish has been prevented by several causes with which it is not necessary to make the Public acquainted. . Whatever may be the fate of his Work, the Author's intention has been to instruct and amuse the Reader; but if he shall bave only succeeded partially in this design, and amused bim without vitiating bis taste or corrupting his principles, he will even then think his time has not been unprofitably employed.
Cambridge, June 17, 1820.
tration of Justice, and Prison Discipline-Account of Riots and Execution at Palermo.....
Site of Acradina-Cicero's Description–Temple of Jupiter-Forum-Prytaneum-Plunder of
the fine Arts in Syracuse by the Romans-Small Harbour and Vestiges of Buildings-House
of Archimedes-Capuchin Convent-Beautiful Gardens in a Lautomia or ancient Stone
Quarry-Church of Santa Lucia-Shrine and Image of the Saint-Supposed Ruins of the
Hexacontaclinos, and Construction of a curious Arch-Baths excavated by the Cavaliere