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3) UN. 1931

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II. Shut, shut the doors, good John ! fatigu'd I said. p. 3. III. Safe from the bar, the pulpit, and the throne, &c. 108 IV. O sacred weapon: left for Truth's defence, &c. ib. V. Her ample presence fills up all the space. 195

VI. Here prove who heft can dash thro’ thick and thin. 224 VII. And now to this fide, now to that they nod, &c: 232

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VIII. A slip-shod Sibyl led his steps along.
IX. Proceed great Days!
X. My sons, be proud, be selfish, and be dull.

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À DVERTISEMENT

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The first Publication of the following Epistle.

THIS paper is a sort of bill of complaint, begun

many years since, and drawn up by snatches, as the several occasions offered. I had no thoughts of publishing it, till it pleased some persons of rank and fortune (the authors of Verses to tbe Imitator of Horace, and of an Epiftle to a Doctor of Divinity from a Nobleman af Hampton-Court] to attack, in a very extraordinary manner, not only my writings (of which, being public, the public is judge) but my person, morals, and family, whereof, to those who know me not, a truer information may be requisite. Being divided between the necessity to say something of myself, and

iny own laziness to undertake fo aukward a talk, I thought it the shortest way to put the last hand to this Epistle

. If it have any thing pleasing, it will be that by which I am most desirous to please, the Truth and the Sentiment; and if any thing offensive, it will

only to those I am least forry to offend, tbe vicious, or the

ungenerous. Many will know their own pictures in it, there being not a circumstance but what is true ; but I have, for the most part, spared their names, and they may escape being laughed at if they please.

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VOL. II.

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I would have some of them know, it was owing to the request of the learned and candid friend to whom it is inscribed, that I make not as free use of theirs as they have done of mine. However, I shall have this advantage, and honour, on my side, that whereas, by their proceeding, any abuse may be directed at any man, no injury can possibly be done by mine, since a nameless character can never be found out, but by its truth and likeness,

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