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are not inserted in this colle&tion. And perhaps nothing could make it worth my while to own what are really so, but to avoid the imputation of so many dull and immoral things, as partly by malice, and partly by ignorance, have been ascribed to me.
having lent my name to recommend any Miscellanies, or Works of other men; a thing I never thought becoming a person who has hardly credit enough to answer for his own. In this office of colle&ting my pieces, I am altogether uncertain, whether to look upon myself as a man building a monument, or burying the dead.