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the the Grace of of
G Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the
Faith, &c. To all to whom thefe Prefents fhall come, Greeting WHEREAS Our trufty and well-beloved William Warburton, Doctor in Divinity, Dean of Our Cathedral Church of Bristol, hath, by his Petition, humbly represented unto Us, that the late Alexander Pope, Efq; having by his Will bequeathed unto him, the Petitioner, the Property of all fuch of his Works already printed, as he the faid Petitioner hath written, or fhall write, Commentaries, or Notes, upon; and all the Profits which should arife, after his Death, from fuch Editions as he, the faid Petitioner, fhould publish, without future Alterations; and that being defirous of reaping the Fruits of his Labour, which he cannot enjoy without Our Royal Licence and Protection, he hath therefore, most humbly befought Us to grant him Our Royal Privilege and Licence for the fole Printing, Publishing and Vending the faid Works, for the Term of Fourteen Years; We being graciously pleased to gratify him in his faid Request, do, by these Presents, agreeable to the Statute in that Behalf made and provided, for Us, Our Heirs and Succeffors, give and grant unto the faid Doctor William Warburton, Dean of Bristol, his Executors, Administrators, and Affigns, Our Royal Privilege and Licence for the fole Printing and Publishing the faid Works, for, and during the Term of Fourteen Years; to be computed from the Day of the Date hereof; ftrictly forbidding and prohibiting all Our Subjects within Our Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland, and other Our Dominions, to reprint or abridge the fame, either in the like, or any other Volume or Volumes whatfoever, or to import, buy, vend, utter or diftribute any Copies of the fame, or any Part thereof, reprinted, beyond the Seas, within the said Term of Fourteen Years, without the Confent or Approbation of the said Doctor William Warburton, Dean of Bristol, his Heirs, Executors, and Affigns, by Writing under his or their Hands and Seals first had and obtained, as they and every of them, offending herein, will answer the contrary at their Perils; whereof the Mafter, Wardens, and Company of Stationers of Our City of London, the Commiffioners and other Officers of Our Cuftoms, and all other Our Officers and Minifters whom it may concern, are to take Notice that due Obedience be given to Our Pleasure herein fignified. Given at Our Court at Kenfington, the Twenty-fourth Day of July 1759, in the Thirty-third Year of Our Reign.
By His Majesty's Command,