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BARTHOLOMEW LLOYD, D. D.,
PROVOST OF TRINITY COLLEGE.
I beg leave to dedicate to you the following work, with the hope that it may not be found, in its execution, unworthy of the sanction with which you favored the design.
I desire to avail myself of this opportunity to express my grateful sense of your unvaried personal kindness, and to record my individual concurrence in the general estimation of the energy and ability which you have so successfully devoted to the improvement of the interests, and advancement of the character of the University over which you preside.
I remain, Dear Sir,
With great Respect,
Most faithfully yours,
CHARLES STUART STANFORD.
THE Apology, Crito, and Phædo have been arranged in their present order, with the intention of affording a connected view of the conduct of Socrates at the periods, and with the attendant circumstances, which they were composed to commemorate, and which include the defence of the philosopher before his judges ; his opinions and demeanour in prison, subsequent to his condemnation, with a detail of the important topics which engrossed his attention and discourse upon the day of his decease. Of these selections, it is hard to say whether the subject is more interesting, or the style more fascinating, partaking, as they do, of the leading characteristic of their great author's skill, and combining, as has been justly remarked of Plato's writings, the sublime of simplicity, with all that is beautiful in fancy and profound in thought.
From the commencement of the Apology, to the closing scene in the Phædo, may be considered as a