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Whatever he judged beneficial to mankind, he constantly communicated (nut only during his stay among us, but ever since his absence) by some method or other in which Oftentation had no part. With what incredible Modesty he concealed himself, is known to numbers of those to whom he addressed sometimes Epistles, sometimes Hints, sometimes whole Treatises, Advices to Friends, Projects to first Ministers, Letters to Members of Parliament, Accounts to the Royal Society, and innumerable others.
All these will be vindicated to the true Author, in the course of these Memoirs. I may venture to say they cannot be unacceptable to any, but to those, who will appear too much concerned as Plagiaries, to be admitted as Judges. W’herefore we warn the public, to take particular notice of all such as manifest any
indecent Passion at the appearance of this Work, as Persons most certainly involved in the Guilt.
The End of the First Book.
ΠΕΡΙ ΒΑΘ ΟΥΣ.
С НА Р. І.
T hath been long (my dear Countrymen) the sub
ject of my concern and surprize, that whereas numberless Poets, Critics and Orators have compiled and digested the Art of ancient Poesy, there hath not arifen among us one person fo public-spirited, as to perform the like for the Modern. Although it is universally known, that our every-way induftrious Moderns, both in the Weight of their writings, and in the Velocity of their judgments, do fo infinitely excel the faid Ancient3.
Nevertheless, too true it is, that while a plain and direct road is paved to their ýbos, or Sublime; no track has been yet chalked out, to arrive at our Báo Bos, or Profound. The Latins, as they came between the Greeks and Us, make use of the word Altitudo, which implies equally height and depth. Wherefore considering with no small grief, how many promising