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DIRECTIONS to the BINDER for placing the Curs.
to face the Title...
II. Shut, fhut the doors, good John! fatigu'd I said. p. 3.
III. Safe from the bar, the pulpit, and the throne, &c. 108
IX. Proceed great Days!
X. My fons, be proud, be selfish, and be dull.
The first Publication of the following EPISTLE.
TH HIS paper is a fort of bill of complaint, begun many years fince, and drawn up by fnatches, as the feveral occafions offered. I had no thoughts of publishing it, till it pleased some persons of rank and fortune [the authors of Verfes to the Imitator of Horace, and of an Epistle to a Doctor of Divinity from a Nobleman at Hampton-Court] to attack, in a very extraordinary manner, not only my writings (of which, being public, the public is judge) but my perfon, morals, and family, whereof, to those who know me not, a truer information may be requifite. Being divided between the neceffity to fay fomething of myself, and my own laziness to undertake fo aukward a task, I thought it the shortest way to put the laft hand to this Epiftle. If it have any thing pleasing, it will be that by which I am most desirous to please, the Truth and the Sentiment; and if any thing offenfive, it will be only to those I am least sorry to offend, the vicious, or the ungenerous.
Many will know their own pictures in it, there be ing not a circumstance but what is true; but I have, for the most part, fpared their names, and they may efcape being laughed at if they please.
I would have fome of them know, it was owing to the request of the learned and candid friend to whom it is inscribed, that I make not as free use of theirs as they have done of mine. However, I fhall have this advantage, and honour, on my fide, that whereas, by their proceeding, any abuse may be directed at any man, no injury can poffibly be done by mine, fince a nameless character can never be found out, but by its truth and likeness.