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ERRAT A. AGE 5. 1:5. for Satire r. Satires. 16, Note on Verse 184. I. 3.. for emprune r. em
29. Note on Verse 381. 1. 10. for Imitation r. Imitatori
Ibid. dele the Semicolon.
The first publication of this Episile
HIS paper is a sort of bill of complaint, begun many years since, and drawn up by
snatches, as the several occafions offered I had no thoughts of publishing it; till it pleased some Persons of Rank and Fortune [the Authors of Ver ses to the Imitator of Horace, and of an Epistle to a Doctor of Divinity from a Nobleman at Hampton Court] to attack, in a very extraordinary manner, not only my Writings (of which, being public, the Public is judge) but my Perfon, Morals, and Family, whereof, to those who know me not, a truer information may be requisite. Being divided between the neceffity to say something of myself, and my own laziness to undertake so aukward a task, I thought it the shortest way to put the last hand to this Epistle. If it have any thing pleasing, it will be that by which I am most defirous to please, the Truth and the Scntiment; and if any thing offenfive, it will be only to (4) those I am least sorry to offend, the vicious or the ungenerous.
Many will know their own pictures in it, there being not a circumstance but what is true ; but I have, for the most part, spared their Names, and they may escape being laughed at, if they please.
I would have some of them know, it was owing to the request of the learned and candid Friend to whom it is inscribed, that I make not as free use of theirs as they have done of mine. However, I shall have this advantage, and honour, on my side, that whereas, by their proceeding, any abuse may be directed at any man, no injury can possibly be done by mine, since a nameless Character can never be found out, but by its truth and likeness.