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“Though immediately and primarily written for the merchants, this Commercial Dictionary will be of use to every man of business or of curiosity. There is no man who is not in some degree a merchant; who has not something to buy and something to sell, and who does not therefore want such instruction: as may teach him the true value of possessions or commodities. The descriptions of the productions of the earth and water which this volume contains, may be equally pleasing and useful to the speculatist with any other Natural History. The de. scriptions of ports and cities may instruct the geographer as well as if they were found in books appropriated only to his own science, and the doctrines of funds, insurances, currency, monopolies, exchanges, and duties, is so necessary to the politician, that without it he can be of no use either in the council or the senate, nor can speak or think justly either on war or trade.
" We, therefore, hope that we shall not repent the labour of compiling this work, nor flatter ourselves unreasonably, in predicting a favourable reception to a book which no condition of life can render useless, which may contribute to the advantage of all that make or receive laws, of all that buy or sell, of all that wish to keep or improve their possessions, of all that desire to be rich, and all that desire to be wise."
JOHNSON, Preface to Roll's Dict.
England was the centre of his solicitude; but the majority of the measures which he supported and carried, and his example, will redound not to the advantage of this country only, but of the world.
Though slow to form a resolution, or to adopt a new course, yet when he had once satisfied himself that any novel measure or series of measures was necessary to promote or secure the public welfare, all difficulties and doubts vanished from his mind. His duty to his country absorbed every other consideration ; and he spared no efforts, and did not hesitate for an instant to make the most unparalleled sacrifices to accomplish his patriotic purposes. Other ministers have equalled, and a few may, perhaps, have surpassed Sir Robert Peel in ability. But he stands foremost among British statesmen for disinterestedness, and for a determination to support, and advance, at all bazards, what he believed to be the lasting and real interests of all classes of the community.