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the only Use of reciting the Virtues and Actions of the Great, is to make others emulate their Example; and if all Dedications, like this, were written from the Heart, and instead of the usual Terms of Compliment, contained some Portion of the Patron's Life, which was worthy the Imitation of others, every such Address would prove an Incitement to great and good Actions, and be often of more Consequence to the Public than the Book itself.
I have the Honour to be, my Lord, with the most perfect Gratitude and Respect,
most obedient Servant,
St. Paul's Church
yard, Nov. 12, 1761.
NAR. NEWBERY begs leave to recomIV mend these and the fubfequent Volumes to the young Gentlemen and Ladies who have read his little Books. In those he attempted to lead the young Pupil to a Loveof Knowledge, in these he has endeavoured to introduce him to the Arts and Sciences, where all useful Knowledge is contained. This may be said, he apprehends, without depreciating the Claffics, which are ever to be held in Esteem, but are to be esteemed principally for being the Keys of Literature, and for disclofing to us the Taste and Wisdom of the Ancients.
The Reader will perceive that a very free Ufe has been made of the Works of many Authors, and the Nature of the Subject required it; for it is in Criticism, as in Life, one good Example is worth many Precepts.
The Examples here collected from different Books will give no Offence, it is hoped, either to the Authors or Proprietors; for, whatever may be the Fate of these Volumes, they can neither depreciate the Merit of those Books, nor anticipate their Sale; but will, we apprehend, have a contrary Effect.
In some parts of the Work, and especially towards the latter End, Sentiments and ReAections will be found which may appear, perhaps, singular; but, it is presumed, they will not on that account be thought impertinent. They are generally concerning Things with which Learning has little to do, but where Nature herself is to be consulted, and here no Preeminence is to be claimed in Consequence of a superior Education ; since every Man can best feel how he is affected.
Whatever Value these Reflections and Observations may have, the Examples introduced will always have their Merit; and will, we hope, lead the young Student to a careful perusal of the Volumes from whence they are extracted.
The Intention of these perverted
Of agreeable or beautiful Thoughts, with Examples
Of hunting down a Thought, and its bad Effects
When Epithets may be admitted with Propriety ibid.
Tropes and Figures best learned by reading the Poets and