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Of the Publisher of the Surreptitious
E presume we want no apology to the reader
r this publication, but fome may be thought needful to Mr. Pope : however he cannot think our offence fo great as theirs, who firft separately published what we bave here but colleEted in a better form and order. As for the letters we have procured to be added, they serve but to compleat, explain, and sometimes set in a true light, those others, which it was not in the writer's, or our
power to recall.
This collection hath been owing to several cabinets : some drawn from thence by accidents, and others (even of those to ladies) voluntarily given. It is to one of that fex we are beholden for the whole correspondence with H. C. esq; which letters being lent her by that gentleman, she took the liberty to print; as appears by the following, which we shall give at length, both as it s something curious, and as it may serve for an apology