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Inclination, or to publish them, as are contrary to your Modesty. Otherwise your Fame and your Property fuffer alike; you are at once exposed and plandered. As an Author, you are deprived of that Power, which above all others constitutes a good one, the power of rejecting, and the right of judging for yourself, what pieces it may be most useful, entertaining, or reputable to publish, at the time and in the manner you think beft. . As a Man, you are deprived of the right even over your own Sentiments, of the privilege of every human creature to divulge or conceal them ; of the advantage of your Second thoughts ; and of all the benefit of your Prudence, your Candour, or your Modesty. As a Member of Society, you are yet more injured ; your private conduct, your domestic concerns, your family secrets, your passions, your tendernestes, your weaknesses, are exposed to the Misconstruction or Resentment of some, to the Censure or Impertinence of the whole world. The printing private letters in fuch a manner, is the worst sort of betraying Conversation, as it has evidently the most extensive, and the most lafting, ill consequences. Is is the higheit offence against Society, as it renders the most dear and intimate intercourse of friend with friend, and the most necessary commerce of man with man, unfafe and to be dreaded. To open Letters is efteemed the greatest breach of honour ; even to look into them already opened or accidentally dropt, is held VOL. VIII.
an ungenerous, if not an immoral act. What' then can be thought of the procuring them merely by Fraud, and the printing them merely for Lucre? We cannot but conclude every honest man will wish, that if the Laws have as yet provided no adequate remedy, one at least may be found, to prevent fo great and growing an evil.
LETTERS to and from Mr. WYCHERLEY,
From the Year 1704 to 1710.
F Mr. Dryden's death: his moral cha-
temper of critics.
XX. From Mr. Wycherley.
LETTERS to and from Mr. WAL SH.
From 1705 to 1707. p. 51
I. Mr. Walsh to Mr. Wocherley.
and paftoral comedy. III. The answer. Of correcting, and the extreme of
it. Of pastoral comedy, and its character. Of
the liber of borrowing from the ancients. IV. From Mr. Wals. On the same subjcēts. y. From Mr. Wall. Of mechanical critics; of
wit and conceit, a request concerning one of his
paftorals. VI. Some critical observations in English Verfifica
LETTBRs to and from Mr. CROMWELL.
From 1708 to 1711.
1. To Mr. Cromwell.