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A D V E R T I SEM E N T

PREFIXED

TO

THE THIRD EDITION,

1789.

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IT
T may be necessary to apologize for the repub-

lication of this pamphlet. The fact is, it has been for a good while extremely scarce, and some mercenary publishers were induced by the extravagant price, which it has occasionally borne, to project a new edition without the consent of the author

A few corrections might probably be made, and many additional proofs of the argument have necessarily occurred in more than twenty years : some of which may be found in the late admirable editions of our oer, by Mr. Steevens and Mr. Reed.

But, perhaps enough is already said on so light a subject :- A subject, however, which had for a long time pretty warmly divided the criticks upon Sbakspeare.

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“ is a vast garden of criticism:” and certainly no one can be favoured with more weeders gratis.

But how often, my dear fir, are weeds and flowers torn up indiscriminately?-the ravaged spot is replanted in a moment, and a profusion of critical thorns thrown over it for security.

“ A prudent man, therefore, would not venture his fingers amongst them.”

Be however in little pain for your friend, who regards himself sufficiently to be cautious :-yet he afferts with confidence, that no improvement can be expected, whilst the natural soil is mistaken for a hot-bed, and the natives of the banks of Avon are scientifically choked with the culture of exoticks.

? Mr. Seward, in his Preface to Beaumont and Fletcher, 1o Vols.

870. 1750.

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