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late Bishop GASTREL; as they made their Way pretty well fingly, some to a second, fome to a third, and one to a fixth Edition, I hope they will not meet with a worse Reception now they appear in a Body.
Among my Writings were some (one particularly) of a very serious and interesting Nature, which was well received by the Learned both at home and abroad: This I had carefully revised, and improved, by great Additions, and imagined that all together would make a third Volume ; but my Bookseller, who knows the Taste of the Town better than I do, tells me, it will not do at present. As they are ready for the Press, (Jays he) let them lie by, and I promise you, they shall be forthcoming, whenever they are called for,
As some of the Pieces contained in this Collection, may seem to carry the Appearance of an unbecoming Levity; my Apology
is truly and honestly this: I was willing to try whether some useful Truths might not find Admittance in a droll Dress, which would have been rejected in a better : How I have succeeded, and how far I have acted out of Character, my Readers must judge; I can only beg their Candor, and submit to their Çensures.