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late Bijkop Gastrel; as they made their Way pretty well singly, some to a second, some to a third, and one to a sxth Edition, I hope they will not meet with a worse Reception now they appear in a Body.
Among my Writings were some (one particularly) os a very serious and interejling Nature, which was well received by the Learned both at home and abroad: "This I had carefully revised, and improved, by great Additions, and imagined that all together would make a third Volume; but my Bookseller, who knows the *Taste of the Town better than I do, tells me, it will not do at present. As they are ready for the Press, (says he) let them lie by, and I promise you, they shall be forthcoming, whenever they are called for.
As some of the Pieces contained in this Collection, may seem to carry the Appearance of an unbecoming Levity; my Apology is truly and honejily this: I was willing to try whether some useful Truths might not find Admittance in a droll Dress, which would have been rejected in a better: How I have succeeded, and how far I have acted out of Character, my Readers must judge; I can only beg their Candor, and submit to their Censures.