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tion in several Dialogues,
The Author's Apology.
The Tale approved of by a great majority among the men of taste. Some treatises written expressly against it; but not one syllable in its defence. The greatest part of it finished in 1696, eight years before, it was published. The author's intention when he began it. No irreligious or immoral opinion can fairly be deduced from the book. The clergy have no reason to dislike it. The author's intention not having met with a candid interpretation, he declined engaging in a task he had proposed to himself, of examining some publications, that were intended against all religion. Unfair to fix a name upon an author, who had so industriously concealed himself. The Letter on Enthusiasm, * ascribed by several to the same author. If the abuses in law or physic had been the subject of this treatise, the learned professors in either faculty would have been more
* This celebrated Letter, which was generally supposed to have been written by Dr Swift; and by him, with as little foundation, ascribed to his friend colonel Hunter ; was the produce tion of the noble author of the “ Characteristics;" in which collection it holds the foremost rank. It bears date in September, 1707 ; and was written with a view to the French prophets, whose enthusiastic extravagances were then at the greatest height. VOL. XI.
merit, is to sink into waste paper and oblivion.
P. S. The author of the Key wrong in all his
The Bookseller's Dedication to Lord Somers.
* In several parts of the apology, the author dwells much on