Excerpt from The Test of Guilt: Or Traits of Ancient Superstition, a Dramatic Tale
From a large collection of unpublished writings of the late Mr. Joseph Strutty my honoured Parent, I select this little dramatic Tale, intitled the Test of Guilt, for the inspection and approbation of the Public, who are already in possession of several extensive Works from his pen; trusting that it will not be found unworthy to rank among his former larger productions; and hoping that it may at least excite the interest of the Reader.
Mr. Strutt's literary labours have been almost exclusively devoted to the investigation and elucidation of the Antient Records and Documents relative to his native Country: and in these researches, he has been aided by the guidance of truths, though hidden, yet treasured up in the volume of Antiquity,, and thence deducible. - In this little Tale, the genius of the Author has had its full scope; nor has he consulted any other record, than his own genuine feelings which are here faithfully transcribed.
To speak separately of the characters incidental to the Tale, would be needless.
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