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SOME ACCOUNT of the LIFE, &c.

OF

WILLIAM SHAKSPERE.

Written by Mr. ROWE.

It seems to be a kind of respect due to the memory of excellent men, especially of those whom their wit and learning have made famous, to deliver some account of themselves, as well as their works, to posterity. For this reason, how fond do we see some people of discovering any little personal story of the great men of antiquity! their families, the common incidents of their lives, and even their shape, make, and features, have been the subject of critical in. quiries. How trilling soever this curiosity may seem to be, it is certainly very natural; and we are hardly satisfied with an account of any remarkable person, till we have heard him described even to the very clothes he wears. As for what relates to men of let. ters, the knowledge of an author may sometiines conduce to the better understanding his book ; and

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London. Printed for I.Bell British Library Strand J

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