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Master of EMMANUEL College, CAMBRIDGE, and Principal
Librarian of that University.
Printed and fold by J. J. TOUR N E FS E N.
The author of the following Essay was folia citous only for the honour of Shakspeare: he hath however, in his own capacity, little reason to complain of occafonal criticks, or criticks by profesiona The very few, who have been pleased to controvert any part of his doctrine, have favoured him with better manners, than arguments; and claim his thanks for a further opportunity of demonstrating the futility of theoretick reasoning against matter of fa&t. It is indeed strange, that any real friends of our immortal Poet should be still willing to force him into a situation, which is not tenable: treat him as a learned man, and what shall excuse the most gross violations of history, chronology, and geography?
Ου πείσεις, έδ» ήν πείσης is the motto of every polemick: like his brethren at the amphitheatre, he holds it a merit to die hard; and will not say, enough, though the battle be decided. " Were it shewni, (says some one) that the old bard borrowed all his allusions from English books then published, our Essayist might have possibly established his system.”