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Of the Publisher of the Surreptitious
but some may
E presume we want no apology to the
Creader for this publication, be thought needful to Mr. Pope : however be cannot think our offence so great as theirs, who first separately published what we have bere but collected in a better form and order. As for the letters we have procured to be added, tbey serve but to complete, 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: fome 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. C. esq. which letters being lent her by that gentleman, she took th: liberty to print; as appears by the following, VOL. VII.