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Let no nice Sir defpife the hapless Dame,
many a Pitch above our modern Writers.
Cornhill ; A. Bettesworth in Pater-Nofter-Row;
HERE is not a more ungrateful Tribute
where paid, than what is generally
expected by the Publick, from an Author in his Preface. Something he must say, tho he cannot say any thing to the Purpose ; and a half Sheet of Paper at least must be taken up, with point
ing out the Beauties of his Book, and begging the courteous Reader not to damn it: Tho probably the poor Writer does not know where to find out these Beauties, or has not the least Reason to estpet, but what his Book will be damn'd.
The fulsome Praises which a Modern Author is often obliged to bestow in a Dedication, must certainly be very grating to a generous Soul; but then the Hopes of being well paid for his Pains, is fome Ease to his Conscience : But to court and flatter every Reader
and not have a Farthing the more for one's Trouble -- is hard, is unconscionable.
As for my Part, I have not been accustomed to servile Fawning, and begging the Question ; and am fully determind not to begin now. I would always put my felf upon the Level with a Reader, and think my self under no manner of Obligation : I have his Money, and he has my Works; and I am sure he may keep the one in his Study, much longer than I shall the other in my Pocket. If