Elizabethan Critical Essays

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GEORGE WHETSTONE
(THE DEDICATION TO PROMOS AND CASSANDRA)
1578

[The text of the Dedication to The right excellent and famous Historye of Promos and Cassandra, 1578, is printed from the copy in the British Museum (C 34. e. 42).]

TO HIS WORSHIPFVLL FRIENDE AND KINSEMAN, WILLIAM FLEETEWOODE ESQUIER, RECORDER OF LONDON.

SYR, (desirous to acquire your tryed frendships with some token of good will) of late I perused diuers 5 of my vnperfect workes, fully minded to bestowe on you the trauell of some of my forepassed time. But (resolued to accompanye the aduenturous Captaine Syr Humfrey Gylbert in his honorable voiadge) I found my leysure too littel to correct the errors in my sayd workes. So that (inforced) I lefte them disparsed amonge my learned freendes, at theyr leasure to polish, if I faild to returne: spoyling (by this meanes) my studdy of his necessarye furnyture. Amonge other vnregarded papers I fownde this Discource of Promos and Cassandra; which for the 15 rarenesse (and the ncedeful knowledge) of the necessary matter contained therein (to make the actions appeare more liuely) I deuided the whole history into two Commedies, for that, Decorum vsed, it would not be conuayed in one. The effects of both are good and bad: vertue 20 intermyxt with vice, vnlawfull desyres (yf it were posible) queancht with chaste denyals; al needefal actions (I

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