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IN FOUR VOLUMES.
BY THE AUTHOR OF ARUNDEL.
. VOL. I.
Ficta voluptatis causå fint proxima veris,
TT is a custom with some authors to intro.
duce their works by 2-prefatory appeal to the candour of the Reader and circumstances may undoubtedly combike to justify: the meafure; but when a man acts from his own free motives in resorting to the prelt; how can he be warranted for intruding on the Public without a proper confidence in his powers for entertaining them ? True respect to the Reader refers itself to his judgment, and makes no attempts upon his pity. The purchaser of these volumes would have just reason to complain of his bargain, if he were to find nothing in them but a sample of my modeíty in the Preface, and a long dull story at the end of it; and I should only prove that I thought more meanly of his taste than of my own talents, were I to presume that he could be well