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any authority. My own apology is the principal thing, interfperfed with real characters of feveral forts; and the additions to it, are as many folid, natural, and delicate adventitious things as came in my way. This is my book. I write with modefty, and I purpose to do good. I imagine then, that all Critics (except the Critical Reviewers) will wink at the blemishes of a laudable writing. Scholars and men of fenfe (who are above malevolence and the fupercilious temper,) can bear deformities in a long work, and juftly lay them on the imperfection of human nature. They know it is incapable of faultlefs productions.


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