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from the examples of successful merit, than the deferving man himself can possibly be poffefsed of. Your country knows how eminently you excel in the several parts of military skill, whether in assigning the encampment, accommodating the troops, leading to the charge, or pursuing the enemy: the retreat being the only part of the profession which has not fallen within the experience of chofe who learned their warfare under the Duke of Marlborough. But the true and honest purpose of this epistle is, to desire a' place in your friendship, without pretending to add any thing to your reputation ; who, by your own gallant actions, have acquired, that your name through all ages shall be read with honour, where ever mention shall
Publisher to the Reader.
T is a justice which Mr Ironside owes gentle.
time to time, in the carrying on of this work to acknowledge that obligation, though at the same time he himself dwindles into the character of a mere publisher, by making the acknowledgment. But whether a man does it out of justice or grati. tude or any other virtuous reason, or not, it is al. fo a prudential act, to take no inore upon a man than he can bcar. Too large a credit has made many a bankrupt ;-but taking even less than'a man can answer with ease, is a sure fund for extending it whenever his occasions require. All those papers which are distinguished by this mark ++ t, were written by a gentleman who has obliged the world with productions too sublime to admit that the au. thor of them should receive any addition to his reputation, from such loose occasional thoughts as make up these little treatises. For which reason his name shall be concealed. These which are marked with a star, were composed by Mr Budgell. That upon dedications, with the epistle of an author to himself; The club of little men ; The receipt to make an epic poem ; The paper of the gardens of Alcinous, and the catalogue of greens; That against barbarity to animals, and tome others, have Mr Pope for their author. Now vili The Publisher to the Reader. I mention this gentleman, I take this opportunity, out of the affection I have to his perlon, and respect to his merit, to let the world know, that he is now tranflating Homer's Iliad by subscription. He has given good proof of his ability for the work; and the men of greatest wit and learning of this nation, of all parties, are, according to their different abilities, zealous encouragers, or solicitors for the work.
But to my prelent purpose: The letter from Gnatho of the cures performed by flattery, and that of comparing dress to criticism, are Mr Gay's. Mr Martin, Mr Philips, Mt Tickell, Mr Carey, Mr Eusden, Mr Ince, and Mr Hughes have oblig. ed the town with entertaining discourses in thete volumes spand Mr Berkeley of Trinity college in Dublin, has embellighed them with many excellent arguments in honour of religion and virtue. Me Parnelle will, I hopeo forgivel me, that without his Jeave, I mention, that I have feen his hand on the like pecaligno There are some discourses of a less pleasing natuteswhich relate to the slivisións amongst us, and fuch, left any of these gentlemen Moula safier from any unjult fospicion, I mustvimpute to the right author of theni, who is one Mir Sreete of Largunpor, in the county of Carmarthen in South Wales. 23 ) :: :: bout press :
-Ille quem requiris. Mart. Epig. 2. J. 1.4.1,
so HERE is bo paffion fo upiverfal, however diversified or disguised under different forms
and appearances, as the vanity of being known to the rest of mankind, and communicating a man's parts, virtues, or qualifications, to the world. This is fo (trong apod men-of great genius, that they have a refless fondo dess for fatisfying the world in the miffakes they might poffibly be under, with relation even to their physiog. pomy. Mr Airs, that excellent peoman, has taken care to affix his own image opposite to the title page of his learned treatise, wherein he inftru&ts the youth of this nation to arrive at a flourishing hand. The author of the Key to Interest, both simple and compound; con taining practical rules, plainly expressed in words at length, for all rates of interest and times of payment, for what time foever, makes up to us the misfortune of his living at Chester, by following the example of the above-mentioned Airs, and coming up
p to town, over against his title-page, in a very becoming periwig, and a flowing robe or mantle, inclosed in a circle of foliages. Below his portraiture, for our further satisfaction as to the age of that useful writer, is subscribed Johannes Ward de civitat. Ceftriæ, atat. fua 58. An. Dont. 1706. The ferene aspect of these writers, joined with the great eacouragement t'obferve is given to another, or what is indeed to be fuspected, in which he indulges himself, confirmed me in the notion have of the prevalence of