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OF GOODRICH, IN HEREFORDSHIRE.
and J. HARDY. MDCCLXVIII,
ALTHOUGH I gave you my reafons, some time ago, for not troubling either the Public or myself with any Preface to these volumes of Dr. Swift's Writings, you still press for some kind of Advertisement, by way of ushering them into the world. But what occasion is there for such formality? If the Letters now printed merit general regard, they will have a chance to live as long as the rest of his Epistles : If
they deserve contempt, their days will be of short continuance. And, as for the reigns of WILLIAM RUFus, Henry the First, and Stephen; it is supposed they will appear to be such a model of English history, as will make all men of talte, and especially foreigners, regret that he pursued his plan no farther.
I can tell you a secret, which I was not apprized of myself until about a year ago, and which perhaps may give you pleasure. There are many of the Dr.'s best writings, long since printed (don't be surprized, for I am supported in what I say by the authority of manuscripts now in my own ftudy) which are not to be met with in any collection of his Works : fo indifferent he was, and careless, whether they lived or died. Yet even these, by one means or other, as I know their titles, and conjecture where they can be found, I hope I Mall.