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COLLECTION

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Original Letters;

Written by the most

Eminent Persons,

ON VARIOUS

Entertaining Subjects,.

And on many

Important Occasions:

From the Reign of Henry the Eighths.
to the present Time.

IN TWO VOLUMES.
VOL. L

LONDON:
Printed for J. and J. Rivincton, in St. Paul's
Cburcb-Yard, and R. and J. Dodsley, ixiPall-Mall.

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PREFACE.

Select Collection of Letters, written by the most eminent Wits, Statesmen, and Philosophers of our own Nation, has been greatly wanted. But in making such a Collection, the chief Difficulty lay" in knowing what to reject. Remarks on Religion and Government, foreign Negotiations, and dry Passages of History'^ however acceptable they might be to the Curious, would be very little. relified by the Majority of Readers ; yet if all such were to have been thrown aside, many Letters in which Wit, Humour, and Entertainment were blended with graver A 2 Matters,.

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