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Narran'ons and anecdotes such as this, which constantly assailed me from persons of veracity, led me, on reﬂection, to imagine that the descendants of the ancient Romans could never have been sub dued to the dominion of priests, otherwise than by a continued series of violence and fraud through many ages; and that among them some spirit must still e ist who viewed with indignation the temporal sovereignty of the church, and pitied the debasement of his countrymen, and the religious thraldom in which they were held. In pursuing this train of ideas, by chance there fell into my hands a ms. Still more recent than that of Lam berti, -the production of a man of learning who had lately died, and whose effects were sold by his executors. On the perusal of this ms., it appeared to me to elucidate a period of singular interest, and of no less singular obscurity; and I ventured to hope that I might render a service to literature and to mankind, by adapting it, with some suppressions and alterations, to publication in my native tongue.
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