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an Author may deem proper to conlign to obliyion. The first of these objections, as has been already observed, will not apply to the works of Dr. Johnson. He always made it a rule, on no occasion, to relax his attention, and therefore will be found to require no indulgence on account of inaccuracies or negligence. To the other objection, the present Editor hardly conceives it incumbent on him to reply. It no where appears what Dr. Johnson's sentiments were on this subject, and were they known (though intitled to great deference) it would be still a question how far an Author is to be confidered, as the sole judge of what ought to be fuppressed of works already in print. Various circumstances may concur to place the sentiments of an Author and his reader at variance with each other. Were the determinations of writers on this subject considered as final, and without appeal, many excellent pieces which confer honour on the nation, must in that case cease to be printed. It cannot however be denied, but there is some reason to believe, that had Dr. Johnson revised his own works for publication, the twelfth and thirteenth Volumes, containing those exquisite models of senatorial eloquence, and probably the first two pieces of the present Volume, would have been excluded. To ask whether the public


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