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Printed by T. BENSLEY, Bolt Court, Fleet Street,

FOR VERNOR AND HOOD, POULTRY; E. HARDING,

PALL-MALL; AND J. WRIGHT, PICCADILLY.

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IT
T 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 pofterity. For this reason, how fond do we see fome people of discovering any little personal story of the great men of antiquity! their families, the common accidents of their lives, and even their shape, make, and features, have been the subjea of critical inquiries. How trifling 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 t're very clothes he wears. As for what relates to men of letters, the knowledge of an author may sometimes conduce to the better

understanding his book; and though the works of Mr. ✓ Shakspeare may seem to many not to want a comment,

yet I fancy some little account of the man himself may not be thought improper to go along with them.

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