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TO WHICH IS PREFEED,
A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.
BRISTOL, R. I.
CONTENTS OF VOLUME II.
EPISTLE TO DR. ARBUTHNOT
THE PROLOGUE TO THE SATIRES.
ADVERTISEMENT To the first Publication of this Epislle. 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 the imitator of Horace, and of an Epistle to a Doctor of Divinity from a Nobleman at Hampton Couri] 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 informa. tion may be requisite. Being divided between the necessity to say something of myself, and my own lazi. ness to undertake so awkward a task, 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 be only to those I am
least sorry to offend, the 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.