140 ATritical ESSAY UPON THE FACULTIES of the MIND.

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Sir,

B EING so great a Lover of Antiquities, it was reasonable to suppose you would be very much obliged with any Thing that was new. I have been of late offended with many Writers of Essays and moral Discourses, for running into stale Topicks and thread-bare Luotations, and not handling their Subject fully and closely : All which Errors I have carefully avoided in the following Essay, which I have proposed as a Pattern for young Writers to imitate. The Thoughts and Observations being entirely new, the Luotations untouched by others, the Subject of mighty Importance, and treated with much Order and Perspicuity : It bath cost me a great deal of Time; and I desire you will accept and consider it as the almost Effort of my Genius. A