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P R E F A CE.

Of the Publisher of the Surreptitious

Edition, 1755.

WE

E presume we want. no apology to the reader fori

for this publication, but some may be thought needful to Mr Pope: however, he cannot think our offence so great as theirs, who first separately publised what we have here but collected 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 recal..

This colle&tion hath been owing to federal cabinets : Some drawn from thence by accidents, and others (even of those to ladies) voluntarily given. It is to one of that sex we are beholden for the whole correspondence with H. G. 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 is Something carious, and as it may serve for an apo.agy for ourselves.

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