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Pall-mall; j. Robson, New Bond-street;
AND B. AND J. WHITE, FLEET-STREET.
IN publiming any Colle<tion of Writings, it has been fo general a cuftom to fay fomething of, their Author, that, although the neceffity of this ufage fhould not appear, it may be improper wholly to omit it.
It is certain, that the merit or the faults of an author are intrinfic; and no laboured panegyrics, or accidental circumftances, will probably do more than give the Ton to fafhion for a fhort time, nor any feverity of animadverfion create a prejudice that will be lading; but, without either, it may be agreeable to fome readers to be told a few things relating to him, which are not to be found in his writings.
Introductory addrefTes, therefore, feem intended to bring the reader acquainted with the man, rather than