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and Humour we find Truth, and Wif dom bine throughout the Composure.

It was thought proper to subjoyn to thefe Dialogues the Author's Letter to the French ACADEMY concerning Rhetorick, Poetry, and other Subje£ts; which has met with so good Reception, that it cannot but be aeceptable to every polite Reader. The Dialogues, tho but lately publish't, were compos'd reveral Years ago in the Archbishop's younger Days. But the Letter was written in his more advancd Age, in anfwer to one that the Academy sent him by their Secretary ; defiring his Advice on the several Subjects be treats of : and therefore it is pennd with the utmost Elegance and Politeness. However both in the Dialogues, and the Letter, we find the fame juft Tafte, the fame noble Genius; the very same Maxims ; and the fame Design in Writing; to reduce all Composures to Truth, Nature, and Decency.

THE

S. III. Of improving a Language, 205 SI V. A Proposal for a new Treatise of RHETORICK,

213 $. V. Of POETRY Antient and Moi dern,

242 S. VI. Of TRAGE D'Y, 269 S. VII. Of COMEDY, HA... 283. S: VIII. OF HISTORY, 288 S. IX. An Objection answer'd, 301 $. X. A Comparison betwixt the An

tients and Moderns, as 302

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DIALOGUES

CONCERNING

ELOQUENCE.

The First DIALOGUE, between

A. and B. and C. .

A.nam ELL, Sir, I suppose you O MW have been hearing the Ser

WV mon to which you wou'd NOT have carry'd me. I have but very little Curiosity that way, and am content with our Parish-Minister. . B. I was charm'd with my Preacher. You had a great loss, Sir, in not hearing him. I have hir’da Pew, that I may not miss one of his Lent-Sermons. Ol' he's

a won.

B

a wonderful Man. If you did but once hear hiin, you cou'd never bear any other.

· A, If it be so, I'm resolv'd never to hear hiin. I wou'd not have any One Preacher give me a distaste of all Others; on the contrary, I shou'd chuse one that will give me such a Relish and Respect for the Word of God, as may dispose me the more to hear it preach'd every where. But since I have lost so much by not hear. ing this fine Discourse you are so pleas'd with, you may inake up part of that loss, if you'll be so kind as to communicate to us what you remember of it.

B. I shou'd only mangle the Serinon, by endeavouring to repeat any part of it. There were an hundred Beauties in it that one cannot recollect, and which none but the. Preacher himself cou'd display ----'

A. Well; but let us at least know something of his Design, his Proofs, his Do&rine, and the chief Truths he enlarg’d on. Do you reineinber nothing? Was you unattentive?

B. Far from it: I never listen’d with mmore Attention and Pleasure.

C. What is the Matter then? Do you want to be intreated?

B. No: but the Preachers Thoughts were so refin’d, and depended so inuch on the Turn and Delicacy of his Expressions, .... 3

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