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ALAN B. CHEALES, M.A.,
VICAR OF BROCKHAM, SURREY,
Chaplain to the Rt. Hon. Rev. LORD DYNEVOR.
SIMPKIN, MARSHALL & Co., STATIONERS' HALL COURT.
To THE RIGHT HONOURABLE AND REVEREND FRANCIS
WILLIAM, BARON DYNEVOR.
MY DEAR DYNEVOR,
Having often admired the appositeness of your quotations, especially those from the Sacred Book, I am induced to inscribe to you this collection of Proverbial and Epigramatic Folklore.
Wisdom and wit are no unworthy yoke fellows. While every expression, however telling, which might seem even to border on the doubtful or objectionable, has been carefully excluded, I must confess to an endeavour to intermingle the amusing with the solid; seeking " to find out acceptable words," to please as well as profit, in these selections from the accumulated wisdom of the Ages.
It is not easy to over-estimate sound proverbial literature. If 'i consigli son tutti buoni,' as say the Italians,-all good advice is well worth attending to,'i proverbj son tutti provati,' much more that of Proverbs, which is advice already tested !
I am your attached friend,