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Written for the uni- St. James's Library.
cerning the MECHA
Diu multumque defideratum.
With the Author's APOLOGY,
Basima eacabasa eanaa irraurista, diarba da caeotaba
Juvatque novos decerpere flores,
TER, at Edinburgh; and A. STALKER, at Glasgow; and
M, DCC, LII.
W T F good and ill Nature equally operated upon “ | Mankind, I might have saved myself the
1 Trouble of this Apology; for it is manifest, “ by the Reception the following Discourse hath met " with, that those who approve it, are a great Majo“rity among the Men of Taste: Yet there have **been two or three Treatises written expressly against ".it, besides many others that have flirted at it occa“ fionally, without one Syllable having been ever " published in its Defence, or even Quotation to its “ Advantage that I can remember, except by the « polite Author of a late Discourse between a Deift" and. a Socinian. . ..^ THEREFORE, since the Book seems calculated: “ to live at least as long as our Language and our
Taste admits no great Alterations, I am content to " convey fome Apology along with it. .“ The greatest Part of that.Book was finished a“bove thirteen Years since, 1696; which is eight « Years before it was published. The Author was “ then young, his Invention at the Height, and his " Reading fresh in his Head. By the Afiftance of “ some Thinking, and much. Conversation, he had < endeavoured to strip himself of as many real Pre
judices as he could: I say, real ones; because, un« der the Notion of Prejudices, he knew to what