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VINDICATION
OF
ISAAC BICKERSTAFF Esq; &c.

MR. Partridge hath been lately pleased to treat me after a very rough Manner in that which is called, His Almanack for the present Year: Such Usage is very undecent from one Gentleman to another, and does not at all contribute to the Discovery of Truth, which ought to be the great End in all Disputes of the Learned. To call a Man Fool and Villain, and impudent Fellow, only for differing form him in a Point meerly Speculative, is in my humble Opinion a very improper Style for a Person of his Education. I appeal to the Learned World, whether in my last Year's Predictions, I gave him the least Provocation for such unworthy Treatment. Philosophers have differed in all Ages, but the discreetest among them have always differed as became Philosophers. Scurrility and Passion, in a Controversy among Scholars, is just so much of nothing to the purpose; and at best, a tacit Confession of a weak Cause: My Concern is not so much for my own Reputation, as that of the Republick of Letters, which Mr. Partridge hath endeavoured to wound thro' my Sides. If Men of publick Spirit must be superciliously treated for their ingenuous Attempts, how will true useful Knowledge be ever advanced? I wish Mr. Partridge knew the Thoughts which Foreign Universities have conceived of his ungenerous Proceeding with me; but I am too tender of his Reputation to publish them to the World. That Spirit of Envy and Pride, which blasts so many rising Genius's in our Nation, is yet unknown among Professors abroad; The Necessity of justifying my self, will excuse my Vanity, when I A 2