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J. and T. RIVINGTON, W. Johnston, B. WHITE,
of A. MILLAR. MDCCLXIX.
T HE following History hath been chiefly
1 compiled from original manuscripts, which the writer had the honour to be entrusted with by the reverend and learned prelate, the Bishop of Gloucester, the intimate friend of Mr. POPE.
As a composition of this nature ought to be compleat in itself, without reference to any other work, the reader will, nevertheless, unavoidably meet with some repetitions of matter, which is already perhaps familiar to him.
In those instances, where the writer hath been indebted to others, more especially in what he hath borrowed from the Commentary and Notes, he hath, for the most part, followed the very words of the author, from whom the passages are taken. As in justice to the public, he would not presume to alter expressions which he could not mend; fo in justice to himself, he would not