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Printed for John MORPHEW, near Sta-

tioner's-Hall, MDCCXIII.

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O Publish the Writings of

Persons without their Con:
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ly speaking, so unfair, and has so many times proved an unsufferable Injury to the Credit and Reputation of the Authors, as well as a fhameful Impofition on the Publick, either by a scandalous Insertion of Spurious Pieces, or an Imperfect and Faulty Edition of such as are Genuine; that though I have been Master of such of the following Pieces as have never yet been Printed, for several Months, I could never, though much importuned, prevail on my self

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to Publish them, fearing even a Pofsibility of doing an Injury in either of those two Respects to the Person who is generally known to be the Author of some; and, with greater Reason than I am at present at Liberty to give, supposed to be the Author of all the other Pieces which make up this Collection. But as my own Unwillingness to do any thing which might prove an Injury to the supposed? Author's Reputation, to whom no Man pays a juster Esteem, or bears a greater Respect than my self, has hithers to kept me from giving the World so agrecable an Entertainment as it will receive from the following Papers, so the Sense I had that he would really now suffer a much greater in both Instances from other hands, was the Occasion of my determining to do it at present ; since some of the following Pieces have lately appeared in Print, from very imperfect and uns correct Copies. Nor was the Abuse like to stop here ; for these, witli alb the Defects and Imperfections they came out under, met with so much Applause, and so univerfal a good Re

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ception from all Men of Wit and Taste; as to prompt the Booksellers, who had heard that other of these Tracts were in Manuscript in some Gentlemens Hands, to feek by any means to procure them, which should they compafs, they would, without Question, publish in a manner as little to the Author's Credit and Reputation, as they have already done those few which unfortunately have fallen into their poffeffion. This being a known Fact; I hope will be fufficient to make this Pablication, tho' without the Author's Consent, or Knowledge, very consistent with that Respect I sincerely bear him: Who, if it should not appear to be perfectly without fault, can with little Justice complain of the Wrong he receives by it, fince it has prevented his suffering a much greater; no more than a Man who is pushed down out of the way of a Bullet, can with Reason take as an Affront, either the Blow he falls by, or the Dirt he rises with.

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