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Of the Publisher of the Surreptitious
W e presume we want no apology to the reader
W for this publication, but some may be thought needful to Mr. Pope : however he cannot think our offence so great as theirs, who first separately published what we have here but collected in a better form and order. As for the letters we have procured to be added, they serve but to complete, explain and sometimes set in a true light, those others, which it was not in the writer's, or our power to recall. : :
This collection hath been owing to several cabinets : fome drawn from thence by accidents, and others (even of those to ladies) voluntarily given. It is to one of that fex we are beholden for the whole correspondence with H. C. esq. which letters being lent her by that gentleman, he took the liberty to print ; as appears by the foll:wing, which we mall give at length, both as it is fomething curious, and as it may serve for an apology for ourselves.