Inaugural lecture written for the opening of the British and foreign institute

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Fisher, Son, & Company, 1843 - 104 pages
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Page 21 - twas strange, 'twas passing strange ; 'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful: She wish'd she had not heard it ; yet she wish'd That heaven had made her such a man : she thank'd me; And bade me, if I had a friend that lov'd her, I should but teach him how to tell my story, And that would woo her.
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Page 61 - My Lords and Gentlemen, " Your most obedient servant, "JOHN WM. MACLUKE,

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