<Title>The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy</Title>
<Edition>Signet Classic. New York: New American Library, 1962.</Edition>
<p> To the Right Honourable
<p> Mr. PITT
<p>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 retired thatched
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, that it adds something
to this Fragment of Life.
<p>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 smil . . .