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TO promote the Sale of this Piece, Mr. ￼D o D s i. E Y was for dedicating it to some reigning Toast; but it was thought more for his Interest to fend it into the World, with the Motto inscribed on the Golden Apple adjudged to Venus; for then a Thousand Goddesses might seize it as their own.
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IT is offensive soir 3. Man to. speak mHchof himself; and few can do it with so good a. Grace as Montaigne: I wish I could; or that I could be half so [«] entertaining or instructive. My Subject, however, will be my Apology; and Iarriiure it will draw no Envy Upon me. Bodily Deformity is visible to every Eye; but the Effects of it are known to very Few; intimately known to none, but those who feel them; and they generally are not inclined to reveal them. As therefore 1 am furnished with the necessary Materials, I will treat this uncommon Subject at large; and to view it in a philosophical Light is a Speculation which may be useful to Persons so oddly (I will not fay unhappily) distinguished; and perhaps not unentertaining to others.
[<?] The Marquis of Halifax, in a Letter to Charles Cotton, Esq; who translated Montaigne's Essays, fays, it is the Book in the World, with which he is best entertained; and that Montaigne did not write for Praise, but to give the World a true Picture of himself and of Maokind.
I do not pretend to be so ingenious as Montaigne; but it is in my Power t« be as ingenuous. I may, with the &me [b] Na'ivite remove the Veil from my mental as well as personal Imperfections; and expose them naked to the World. And when I have thus anatomized myself, I hope my Heart will be found sound and untainted, and my Intentions honest and sincere.
[?] Longinus fays, that Cecilius wrote of the> Sublime in a low Way: on the contrary, Mr. [</] Pope calls Longinus" the great Sublime he draws." Let it be my Ambition to imitate Longinus in Style and Sentiment; and like Cecilius, to make these appear a Contrast to my Subject; to write of Deformity with Beauty; and by a finiflied Piece to atone for an ill-turned Person.
If any Reader imagines, that [/] a Print of me iq the Frontispiece of thisWork would give him a clearer Idea of the Subject ; I have no Objection, provided he will be at the Expence of engraving. But, for want of it, let him know, that I am scarce five Feet high; that my Back was bent in my Mother's Womb; and that in Person I resemble Æsop, the Prince of Orange, Marshal Luxemburg,
[b] Fertu Naive, an Expression. ofMontaigne; and which Fontenelle puts into his Mouth in his Dialogue with Socrates.
[<•] In the Beginning of his Treatise on the Sublime.
[d] In his Eflay on Criticism.
[e] It was a disobliging Stroke to a Lady; but It was faid of Mademoiselle de Gournai, that, to vindicate her Honour from Reflexion, (he need only prefix her Picture to her -Book. General Dictionary, under the Word (Gournai.)
Lord Lord Treasurer Salisbury, Scarroti, and Mr. Pope-., not to mention Tbersttes and Richard the Third; whom I do not claim as Members of our Society: [/] the first being a Child of the Poet's Fancy; the last misrepresented by Historians, who thought they must draw the Devil in a bad Shape. But I will not (on this Occasion) accept os Richard's Statue from the Hand of any Historian, or even of Sbakespear himself; but only from that of his [g] own Biographer, who tells us (and he ought to know) that Richard was a handsome Man.
As I have the greatest Reason to thank God, that I was born in this island, and enjoy the Blessings of his Majesty's Reign; let me jiot be unthankful, that I was not born in Sparta! where I had no sooner seen the Lights but I should have' been deprived of it; and hare been thrown as a useless Thing [i], into a Cavern by Mount Taygetus! Inhuman Lycurgus! thus to destroy your own Species! Surrounded by the Innocents, whom you have murdered, may I not haunt you among the Shades below for this Barbarity? That it was ill Policy, the glorious List of Names, which I have produced, is a Proof; your own Agesilaus
[s] Tarn mala Tbersten prohibebat sorma latete,
Ov. Ep. ex Ponto xiii. ver. 4..
[g] George Buck, Esq. who, irr his History of Rickard the Third, endeavours to represent him as a Prince of much better Shape (both of Body and Mind) than he had been generally esteemed. And Bishop Nicholson calls Buck o. more candid Composer of Annals than Sir Thomas More. See his Historical Library.
[b] See Plutarch in the Life ofLycurgut.
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