The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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Author: Laurence Sterne

[Dedication]

To the Right Honourable Mr Pitt.

Sir,

Never poor Wight of a Dedicator had less hopes from his Dedication, than I have from this of mine; for it is written in a bye corner of the kingdom, and in a retir’d thatch’d house, where I live in a constant endeavour to fence against the infirmities of ill health, and other evils of life, by mirth; being firmly persuaded that every time a man smiles,—but much more so, when he laughs, it adds something to this Fragment of Life.

I humbly beg, Sir, that you will honour this book, by taking it—(not under your Protection,—it must protect itself, but)—into the country with you; where, if I am ever told, it has made you smile; or can conceive it has beguiled you of one moment’s pain—I shall think myself as happy as a minister of state;—perhaps much happier than any one (one only excepted) that I have read or heard of.

I am, Great Sir, (and, what is more to your Honour) I am, Good Sir, Your Well-wisher, and most humble Fellow-subject,

The Author.

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Chicago: Laurence Sterne, "[Dedication]," The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, ed. Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915 and trans. Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906 in The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Original Sources, accessed February 17, 2020, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=ZQJC4CRXB2XKRZA.

MLA: Sterne, Laurence. "[Dedication]." The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, edited by Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915, and translated by Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906, in The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Original Sources. 17 Feb. 2020. originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=ZQJC4CRXB2XKRZA.

Harvard: Sterne, L, '[Dedication]' in The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, ed. and trans. . cited in , The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Original Sources, retrieved 17 February 2020, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=ZQJC4CRXB2XKRZA.