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PREFACES

TO

YO U N G, D Y E R,

MALLET, SHENSTONE,

AKEN SIDE, LYTTELTON,

WEST, AND GRAY.

Vol. X.

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HE following Life was written, at

my request, by a gentleman who had better information than I could easily have obtained; and the publick will perhaps with that I had solicited and obtained more such favours from him.

" Dear Sir, In consequence of our different conversations about authentick materials for the Life of Young, and in consequence of your fears left, for want of proper А

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information, you might say any thing of the father which should hurt the son, I send you

the following detail. It is not, I confess, immediately in the line of my profession; but hard indeed is our fate at the bar, if we may not call a few hours now-and-then our own.

Of great men something must always be said to gratify curiosity. Of the great author of the Night Thoughts much lias been told of which there never could have been proofs; and little care appears to have been taken to tell that of which proofs, with little trouble, might have been procured.

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